Go-Ahead is launching air-filtering buses in the UK that will suck pollution from the air. Earlier, back in 2018 buses fitted with a rooftop air filtration system were launched in Delhi. The aim was to tackle the pollution problem in the city.
Using public transport is in itself a greener alternative to driving a car. Now by launching a pollution-sucking fleet of buses, Go-Ahead Group is taking its green ambitions a step further.
Basically, Go-Ahead Group is a British transportation company. It has a total fleet of 5,000 buses. It is launching 11 new buses in England towns and cities that clean the air as they commute.
There will be a three-filter rooftop filtration system fitted on the buses that will suck dirt and ultra-fine harmful particles out of the air.
The filtration technology was developed with Pall Aerospace which is a company that also develops filtration systems for commercial and military aircraft.
After a successful trial of one bus in Southampton, this rollout has begun. That trial bus was found to be capable of “cleaning” 3.2 million cubic meters or 113 million cubic feet of city air in 100 days.
The microparticles that sucked into the filters weighed the equivalent of a tennis ball. Also, the buses are fueled by diesel and the engine is “Euro 6”-compliant which is a vehicle emissions standard set as acceptable by the European Union.
Go-Ahead’s chief executive David Brown said, “We want to play our part in tackling the crisis in urban air quality and show that buses can be integral to cleaning up our cities.”