A FLEET of 30 buses will undergo a revamp to cut fumes.
The Volvo B9 double deckers run by Go North East will be fitted with hybrid flywheel technology, after Wearside scooped Government cash.
Sunderland City Council, along with Newcastle Council, has been awarded £472,000, after putting together an award-winning bid to The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund, on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.
The bus firm is investing more than £700,000 in the project, with the fund’s aim to pay part of the cost of modifications to vehicles to reduce exhaust fumes by 25 per cent.
Services to be fitted with the equipment include the Fab 56, which links Sunderland, Concord, Newcastle, Gateshead and Wrekenton.
Kirk Trewin, chief engineer at Go North East, said: “The Go-Ahead Group has collaborated with GKN Hybrid Power to develop this innovative technology.
“These hybrid conversions will see an important reduction in nitrogen dioxide and CO2 emissions on some of the busiest bus corridors across Tyne and Wear and into Northumberland.”
Sunderland’s council leader Paul Watson, added: “Working together with our local government and regional partners, we are continuing the technological and infrastructure developments needed to reduce emissions, and improve our environment and air quality.
“This latest funding acknowledges the progress being made in our region, and adds to the significant investments we have all made to encouraging and creating a more sustainable and effective transport system.”
The Gyrodrive system uses a high-speed flywheel made of carbon fibre to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows to a stop.
It then uses the stored energy to power an electric motor, which helps accelerate the bus back up to speed, generating fuel savings of more than 20 per cent.
The new equipment will be fitted from March.