Alexander Dennis and BYD UK have announced that their EV partnership has delivered 39 zero-emission buses to Stagecoach in Scotland, including 24 Enviro200EV single deckers and 15 Enviro400EV double deckers.
As part of the order, a total of 13 buses for Perth have joined nine earlier vehicles to convert all local services in the city to electric.
Another 11 buses have made all of Dunfermline’s city network zero emission, while a further 15 vehicles have joined existing BYD-Alexander Dennis electric buses in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.
The buses were part-funded by the Scottish Government through Phase 1 of the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), which aims to encourage significant change in the bus market by supporting the swift transition to zero emission vehicles and infrastructure.
This fund aims to help achieve targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to the delivery of Low Emission Zones and encourage inward investment and growth in the supply chain of zero carbon vehicle and energy solutions.
Together with deliveries from earlier orders, Stagecoach now operates 85 BYD-Alexander Dennis electric buses in Scotland.
Sam Greer, Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland, said, “As part of our drive to target a net zero UK bus fleet by 2035, we are delighted to deliver the UK’s first all-electric city bus networks, building further on the investment made in new zero emission buses in a number of places in the UK.
“These new state-of-the-art electric buses introduced across Dunfermline, Inverness and Perth will help deliver significantly reduced emissions in these cities.
“One of the quickest ways local people can help deliver net zero is by switching from cars to buses, as well as walking and cycling more.”