Pelican welcomes Scottish boost for electric bus investment

Pelican Engineering has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the first £50million phase of a new Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).

ScotZEB builds on the success of the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) which has enabled bus operators to order a total of 61 zero emission urban buses and inter urban buses from Pelican over two funding rounds awarded in September 2020 and March 2021. Pelican has already commenced deliveries of these vehicles into Scotland, with the whole fleet expected to be in operation by September.

Ian Downie, head of Pelican Yutong, says: “The new phase of the ScotZEB fund is critical to delivering more zero emission fleets of the world’s leading passenger EV vehicles. The 61 new vehicles for Scotland are fitted with market leading battery capacity and, therefore, driving range, supplemented with lower running costs and unrivalled warranty as standard.”