Mellors drive Glasgow electric shift

Five fully-electric, low floor Mellor Orion E small buses have been supplied to Community Transport Glasgow (CTG).

The provision of the vehicles is part of a strategy to move to a fully electric fleet, which is in line with Glasgow City Council’s overall ambition to become the UK’s first city to become fully carbon neutral. CTG is a charity committed to providing high quality, accessible, door-to-door transport to vulnerable individuals and groups throughout the city, transporting 75,000 passengers each year.

John Randerson, MD for Mellor Bus, said: “As a city Glasgow has really ‘thrown down the gauntlet’ as part of its drive to achieve carbon neutrality before many other UK cities and at Mellor we are pleased and proud to be supplying electric buses that will form such an important part of this strategy.

“It is exciting to see the Orion E on the streets of Glasgow providing valuable transport services to communities in and around the city and we are confident CTG, the drivers and passengers alike will all enjoy all the bus has to offer.”

Graham Dunn for Community Transport Glasgow said: “We decided two years ago that the time had come to take the plunge and start integrating electric vehicles into our fleet with a view to being all electric by the end of 2020. At the time our fleet was made of old diesel minibuses, some with more than 300,000 miles on the clock and with the advent of the Glasgow low emission zone, we needed to take action. We sought funding which was provided from Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) through the Green Economy Fund to initiate the change. This is already transforming our organisation and the services we provide to our passengers.

“Our first Orion E entered service last December and we will have all five delivered by the end of February. It is great to see these exciting new buses, which operate on the latest electric technology, as part of our fleet. They will make a massive contribution to improving air quality in the city as well as contributing to Glasgow’s ambition to be carbon neutral ahead of 2030.”

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