Stagecoach has ordered 46 electric buses from BYD-ADL for use in three Scottish cities. The 24 electric single-deck and 22 double-deck buses were co-financed by the Scottish Government and are used in the fleet of operators in Aberdeen, Perth and Kilmarnock.
In english city Manchester Stagecoach already has 32 Electrical BYD-ADL double-decker buses in use. Now Scottish cities are growing in focus: In particular, Stagecoach plans to use a 22 Enviro 400 EV double-decker with a length of 10.8 meters for Aberdeen. Electric Solo buses are going to two other municipalities in different versions: 15 units of the Enviro200EV type, 10.9 meters in length, intended for Kilmarnock and a slightly longer 11.6 meter version for Perth with nine models. Stagecoach is working with Scottish energy company SSE to set up charging infrastructure at depots in Aberdeen and Perth. The notice with BYD does not mention whether a new charger is also needed in the Killmarnock.
The 46 buses ordered will be assembled at the BYD-ADL plant in Falkirk, Scotland. The order was followed shortly after a recently published one Second stage Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) funding program. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has promised a funding of £ 40.5 million (a good 47 million euros) to replace a total of 215 diesel buses with battery-electric ones. It is not clear from the communication whether the stagecoach assignment is part of this funding. This simply means that the Scottish Government is “co-financing” the purchase of 46 buses and infrastructure and “providing additional funding” for them.
During the SULEBS program, investment of more than £ 80 million is to be encouraged from bus companies, in addition to state cash injection. Most of the new buses (172 out of 215) will be built in Falkirk, as is the case with the stagecoach order. Paul Davis said, “The Scottish Government deserves great credit for setting a good example and supporting bus operators’ commitment to invest in cleaner, greener buses and we are happy to tender for 172 of our electric buses Has been successful. ” Alexander Dennis CEO recently announced the grant.
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