Exploring new ways for improving air quality

1 month ago Tue 2nd Feb 2021

Ricardo to explore the use of flexible clean air zones to improve air quality with the help of Brighton & Hove Buses.

Leveraging its world-renowned expertise in R&D and digital engineering, Ricardo is one of the winners of a national transport location data competition to help make journeys easier, cleaner and more efficient World-class engineering, environment and strategic consulting company Ricardo has received funding from the Geospatial Commission in partnership with Innovate UK to enhance transport location data so that hybrid electric vehicles can intelligently modify how they operate to help improve air quality in towns and cities.

Here at Brighton & Hove Buses we operate the UK’s first zero-emissions geo-fenced bus fleet. Its a fleet of 54 buses that's been fitted with smart, on-board technology designed in a collaboration between BAE Systems and bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited which has enabled the buses to sense when they are in pre-defined areas and automatically switch to being in zero emissions mode.

Ricardo’s three-month study will examine the benefits of adapting existing geo-fenced areas to respond dynamically to changes in air quality, and extending the technology to privately owned fleets of taxis and delivery vans, so that they can also switch to electric vehicle mode in ultra low emissions zones in major towns and cities.

It's just another example of how we are using our knowledge and experience to improve air quality and tackle climate change.