Nine BYD ADL electrics launched by Stagecoach
Stagecoach East Scotland is launching nine electric BYD ADL Enviro200EVs. The buses were part-funded by the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) of the Scottish Government.
The fleet of nine BYD ADL Enviro200EV single-deckers will operate on Perth routes 1 and 2, connecting housing areas with the city centre, retail and leisure developments, Perth Royal Infirmary, educational establishments and local football ground. The buses feature USB charging points at each seat as well as interior LED lights and contactless payment facilities.
Stagecoach is introducing a total of 46 new fully electric buses in key transport networks in Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Perth as part of SULEBS, all of which are supplied by the BYD ADL partnership. SULEBS helps bus companies invest in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure to support a green recovery out of the coronavirus pandemic, improve air quality and advance Scotland’s ambitions for a net zero economy. The Scottish Government has set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
“There has never been a more important time to take action to address the climate emergency and play a part in helping Scotland deliver on its Net Zero ambitions” – Douglas Robertson, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland
Douglas Robertson, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We are all really excited to be introducing our first fully electric vehicles in East Scotland thanks to the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme and the funding made available for us to deliver this. There has never been a more important time to take action to address the climate emergency and play a part in helping Scotland deliver on its Net Zero ambitions.
“Stagecoach is the UK’s biggest investor in hybrid-electric bus technology, and we have invested more than £1billion in new greener buses over the past decade. Without Stagecoach bus services, there would be an annual increase of 190,000 tonnes of CO2 through passengers using alternative transport. These investments are expected to deliver an estimated annual reduction of around 67,000 tonnes of CO2e from its fleet of more than 1,200 buses in Scotland in less than 15 years.”
“Stagecoach continues to be at the front of investment in sustainable mobility” – ADL President & Managing Director, Paul Davies
ADL President & Managing Director, Paul Davies, said: “Stagecoach continues to be at the front of investment in sustainable mobility and this new electric bus fleet for Perth is further testament to the group’s ambition in supporting not only the Scottish Government in its targets, but also underpinning skilled jobs and apprenticeships in the world-class UK bus manufacturing industry.
“We are proud that our innovations continue to enable Stagecoach in delivering greener journeys. We look forward to continuing to work with Stagecoach and the Scottish Government in decarbonising the country’s bus fleet.”
“It is a privilege to be involved in such a momentous delivery of pure-electric buses to Stagecoach East Scotland” – Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD (UK)
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD (UK), said: “BYD is a world-leader in eMobility solutions, and we are delighted to share our expertise in batteries and electric technology as part of our ongoing successful eBus partnership with ADL. It is a privilege to be involved in such a momentous delivery of pure-electric buses to Stagecoach East Scotland, in the knowledge that while benefiting the environment, their production has also supported the local economy, directly helping people in Scotland.”