Stagecoach has confirmed an order for a further 46 new electric buses with Alexander Dennis, representing an investment of £21.4million across Scotland.
The order for new electric buses follows the announcement by the Scottish Government of additional funding being awarded through a second round of the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.
The new electric bus order is made up of: 22 electric double-deck BYD ADL E400 buses for use in Aberdeen City; 15 electric single-deck BYD ADL E200 buses for use on Kilmarnock Town Services 3, 6 and 7; and nine electric single-deck BYD ADL E200 single-deckers for use in Perth on bus routes 1 and 2
Sam Greer, Stagecoach regional director Scotland, says: “Sustainable public transport is critical to the future of our planet: decarbonising local journeys, reducing road congestion, improving air quality and tackling climate change.
“This major investment will also provide a boost for Scotland’s world-leading bus manufacturing sector, helping to protect and grow jobs in Scotland.
“As Scotland gears up to host the COP26 climate change summit in November, it’s a crucial time for us all to think about how we can help deliver a greener recovery from Covid-19.”
Paul Davies, ADL president & managing director, adds: “These zero emission buses will be built at our factory in Falkirk and it is great news for Scotland that this investment is being recycled into the local economy, allowing the benefits to be felt across our communities whilst helping to underpin skilled jobs.”
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director at BYD UK, says, “Scotland is blazing a trail with its uptake of eMobility as a public transport solution, and we’re delighted that the BYD ADL partnership is leading the supply of vehicles with our single and double deck models.
“With the Scottish Government in support, our excellent partnership with major operators such as Stagecoach, and the public’s acceptance of eMobility, we are seeing a decisive shift to a more sustainable transport system.”