In Perth, Scotland, Stagecoach East Scotland will operate a fleet of nine BYD ADL Enviro200EV single decker electric buses on busy Perth routes 1 and 2. The buses have been part-funded by the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) of the Scottish Government.
The buses have been built in the ADL plant in Falkirk. Here, BYD batteries and electric technology are put together with ADL’s bodywork assembly and interiors. At the Perth depot, charging infrastructure and energy is being provided by the low-carbon energy company SSE and Stagecoach.
The electric bus making partners ADL and BYD have been producing electric buses in the UK since 2015. The duo has also been contracted for a further 46 fully electric buses for Stagecoach networks in Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Perth. The Scottish government funding program SULEBS is supporting bus companies to invest in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure. This is part of a greater scheme to support a green recovery out of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scottish Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “I’m looking forward to seeing these new buses hit the road, thanks to the awards from the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. By helping operators invest in greener fleets, we can support our green recovery and keep more people moving with fewer carbon emissions and better air quality as a result.”
The Minister went on to point out that, in Scotland, more journeys are made by bus compared to any other public transport mode. Here, Scotland is also benefitting from the collaboration of Chinese vehicle giant BYD with the legacy Scottish bus manufacturer ADL, who were well-timed with their partnering to produce zero-emission vehicles, now sold across the world. “With the buses being manufactured in Falkirk, we are also helping the Scottish bus industry and wider supply chain, the Transport Minister says.
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