Alexander Dennis and BYD UK have supplied four Enviro400EV double-deck buses to Lothian Buses in Edinburgh which have been funded as a flagship project of SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund.
Through the Green Economy Fund, SP Energy Networks is investing in the communities that it serves to support the UK and Scottish governments’ green energy ambitions.
The four Enviro400EVs were built by ADL locally in Falkirk, further benefitting the Scottish economy.
Lothian Buses will use the electric buses, each of which is 10.8m long and has seats for up to 72 passengers, on its route 10 between Leith, Edinburgh city centre and Bonaly.
Nigel Serafini, interim managing director, Lothian Buses, says: “Across the last decade, Lothian has removed around 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our carbon footprint through our fleet replacement strategies, and the introduction of Edinburgh’s first fully-electric double-deck buses allows us to continue on this journey, further reducing our impact on the environment.
“The introduction of these vehicles across our Service 10 further cements our commitment to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council’s climate change strategies.”
Paul Davies, president and managing director, ADL, adds: “These new electric buses take our collaboration with Lothian Buses to the next step by further reducing emissions and improving air quality while continuing to reinvest in the Scottish economy and local communities where we assemble our buses.
“The BYD ADL partnership’s combination of BYD’s proven battery technology and ADL’s world-class focus on vehicle specification ensures that drivers, engineers and passengers alike will love these buses.”