Here's why electric buses are on the Island (and why your opinion is needed)

Yutong electric bus on the Island. <i>(Image: Andrew Wickham)</i>
Yutong electric bus on the Island. (Image: Andrew Wickham)

Electric double decker buses are being used on the Isle of Wight, as Southern Vectis looks to determine which model to invest in.

As previously reported, a total of £12.7m is being spent to bring a new fleet of zero missions vehicles to the Island in early 2026.

The new buses will operate on routes 1, 5 and 9.

Read more: Isle of Wight bus firm Southern Vectis to get electric double deckers

In the meantime, the bus firm is asking Islanders for feedback on vehicles which are on the Island as 'demonstrators'.

Here's how to leave your feedback on the buses

To leave feedback on the trial electric buses please click HERE.

A Yutong U11DD has been in service on routes 1, 5 and 9 and a Volvo electric bus is expected at the end of June.

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, said: “We are asking our customers for feedback on both buses - including how they compare to our existing diesel buses, whether they like the interior layouts, how they feel about the noise of the buses, and whether they are likely to travel more or less on the new electric buses.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our drivers and customers to see what’s in store, when our new fleet arrives.”

The proposed new fleet has been made possible by Southern Vectis and the Isle of Wight Council’s successful bid for funding from the Department of Transport’s latest ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Regional Area) scheme.