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Go North East: 9088 / OP07ARE

Go North East's Washington-based demonstrator Optare Versa xFE v1170/Optare 9088 (OP07 ARE), which carries "Versa xFE" branding, is pictured here on Biddick Lane, Washington, whilst operating "Connections4" service 4 to Fallowfield Way. 17/02/19


Registered new as YJ68 FXY, this vehicle was re-registered as OP07 ARE in December 2018 prior to entering service. The cherished registration mark, owned by Optare, was previously allocated to HOV1. This vehicle was a Hybrid Optare Versa demonstrator bus to TfL specification, used at Epsom Coaches Group and Go-Ahead London.



Following the demonstration trial of Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid 3 9092 (SK17 HHL) on "Connections4" service 4 in November 2017, Go North East are now currently trialling vehicles from other manufacturers.


The ongoing trials have seen the acquisition of a 9.6m ADL Enviro 200MMC and also Optare's latest 'xFE' variant of the Euro 6 Versa model, allowing Go North East to gather comparative data against the Streetlites, as well as gauging driver and passenger feedback for the duration of their stay.


Allison’s xFE transmissions in the Optare Versa model feature the latest advances in fuel-saving technology. Incorporating optimized gear ratios coupled with the FuelSense® Max package, xFE transmissions have been designed to deliver significantly more lock up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges for further fuel economy improvements.

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Taken on February 17, 2019