Oddball Wednesday: Optare Solo+

The Optare Solo+ at its launch in 2008 (Optare Photo)
In this week's Oddball Wednesday, we take a look at a bus so odd it never actually existed in service.

In October 2008, at the Euro Bus Expo held in the National Exhibition centre in Birmingham, Optare launched two brand new models. Among them was the new Solo+, which would create a new family look for Optare products and eventually replace the existing Solo and be sold alongside the Optare Solo SR, launched in 2007. Two were exhibited, a full size M880 and the other a prototype fully-electric model.

Journalists did not speak highly of the new type, reporting people calling it bland and being similar to "bread vans" which Optare produced in their early days.

Due to funding reasons, production of the Optare Solo+ was scrapped and non entered service. The pair were, however, rebuilt as readily available buses. The Optare Solo M880+ became YJ10EZB, delivered to Webberbus in mid 2011 and the Optare Solo EV became YJ09EZR, which was used an Optare demonstrator.
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