Scotland launches £50m green bus fund

Scottish Government has launched the first £50 million phase of a new Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).

The Fund replaces previous funding streams and is designed to encourage the market to agree and implement new and innovative ways to finance zero-emission buses.

Building on the success of the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme, ScotZEB is intended to support Scotland’s green recovery, providing immediate economic stimulus and supporting the Scottish Government’s ambitions to decarbonise the bus fleet.

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has welcomed the ScotZEB announcement.

“The Scottish Government continues to lead the way in funding cleaner, greener buses” – ADL President & Managing Director, Paul Davies

ADL President & Managing Director, Paul Davies, said: “The Scottish Government continues to lead the way in funding cleaner, greener buses. We look forward to working with bus operators and the energy and finance sectors to ensure the benefits of this funding are felt across communities in Scotland. Its investment in local supply chains such as our production of electric and hydrogen buses in Falkirk will underpin skilled jobs and apprenticeships that are vital for the transition to Net Zero.”

Steven Meersman, Co-Founder and Director of Zenobē, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part of Scotland’s Net Zero journey, helping to make sustainable, green transport accessible and affordable. The Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme has already facilitated pioneering zero emissions transport projects in Dundee and Glasgow, highlighting what’s possible when there is strong collaboration between bus operators, government and business.

“We look forward to the ScotZEB scheme building on this success to further accelerate the update of zero emission electric buses.”

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