Vantage Power and Ensign Bus win Gold at UK Bus Awards 2015

On 24th November 2015, Vantage Power and Ensign Bus Company were presented with the Gold award for Innovation and the Silver award for Environment at the UK Bus Awards 2015.

Over the last three years, Vantage Power has worked closely with Ensign to bring to market the B320 System - a hybrid powertrain designed to retrofit existing double-decker buses. The B320 allows operators to upgrade older buses to the latest emissions standard while reducing fuel consumption by over 40%, and at a quarter the cost of buying new hybrid vehicles.

The judges were extremely impressed by this innovative after-market product, which can maximise the benefits of existing vehicles and minimise the capital cost. The ability of the system to replace the whole drive unit on vehicles stood out as different from other systems of retrofitting. The judges noted Vantage Power's role as the inventor and developer and that of Ensignbus in taking on the commercial risk to expand the system and in marketing it.

Link to UK Bus Awards 2015.