Glasgow has introduced a three-strong fleet of battery-electric buses for its carpark operations and claims this a first in the UK. Built in Scotland by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD, it is the new Enviro200EV model’s Scottish debut.
The introduction of the three electric buses at Glasgow Airport, including charging infrastructure, was made possible thanks to a £450,000 Green Bus Fund support grant from Transport Scotland. The new electric vehicles will replace the current diesel fleet and shuttle passengers between the terminal and the airport’s long-stay car park.
“Moving to a full-electric bus operation cuts the carbon emissions associated with passenger travel to and from our car park from 143 tonnes per year to zero, and this significant reduction is further supported by the fact that the airport’s electricity is also supplied via renewable energy,” commented Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director.
BYD and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) only presented a revised version of their Enviro200EV electric bus this September. The now longer Enviro200EV will have two additional seats and will replace the current 12-meter model. Besides, it uses the all-electric ADL heating system.
The new electric bus fleet is not the first climate action for the airport. Earlier in 2019, they invested £200,000 to deploy eight plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles across its airfield operations.