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Special pump for sugar beet buses

Bio-ethanol bus
A bus fleet using bio-ethanol fuel was introduced 10 years ago in Sweden

A special filling station is opening in Berkshire to service a new fleet of double decker buses - which run only on fuel made from sugar beet waste.

The bio-ethanol vehicles were bought by Reading council, which claims they will slash carbon emissions by 80%.

The new filling station at the Reading Buses depot will service 13 buses with the fuel, made from sugar beet husks.

The fuel, derived from a renewable source of sugar beet in East Anglia, proved successful during trials.

Reading is the first area in the UK to introduce such a large fleet of buses using the low carbon, low emission fuel and 2.8m has been spent on the project.

The vehicles will operate on the number 17 service.

The use of the environmentally-friendly buses cut emissions in Stockholm, Sweden, by more than 9%, after they were introduced 10 years ago.

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