Former Wrightbus Managing Director joins Pelican

Pelican Bus & Coach has recruited Ian Downie to lead its bus sales operation. Ian has 35 years of experience within the bus industry, having held senior positions at Volvo Bus and more recently as MD of Wrightbus. His appointment follows the launch of the zero emission E12 bus and the imminent arrival of the E10 electric midibus.

Ian said: “I am delighted to be joining Pelican Bus & Coach. Richard Crump and his team have developed an excellent reputation for supporting their customers and Yutong is the largest bus manufacturer in the world, with over 45,000 electric vehicles already in service. The opportunity to represent these two excellent brands in bringing to the market such well proven electrical technology is really exciting.

“I am looking forward to discussing our product with both operators and local authorities. With the ever-increasing focus on reducing exhaust and noise emissions on our streets, Yutong, supported by Pelican, provides a proven and viable solution for the UK and Ireland.”

MD of Pelican Bus & Coach, Richard Crump, said: “I am absolutely delighted that such an experienced and professional senior industry figure is joining us to spearhead the introduction of the Yutong range of electric buses. I have complete confidence in Yutong’s technology and commitment to the UK and Ian’s huge experience and knowledge will play a vital role in moving our plans forward.

“Yutong is committed to becoming a major supplier to UK bus operators and we will be introducing a full range of electric buses over the next 18 months. The successful demonstrations of the E12 to date have shown its excellent reliability and efficiency. It provides a fully zero emission solution for public transport that, coupled with our 24/7 aftermarket support, will be of great interest to the market.”

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