Stagecoach reveals electric ADLs
Stagecoach Bluebird has unveiled the ADL Enviro400EV electric double-deckers for Aberdeen. The new buses are due to enter service at the end of April.
The company has invested £11.2 million in 22 electric buses for Aberdeen with £4 million support from the Scottish Government Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.
The fleet of electric buses will be based at the Tullos depot and are each specified with ELeather seats and onboard stop announcements.
Service 727 connecting the city centre to P&J Live and Aberdeen Airport will welcome the electric fleet. Service 727 operates up to every 15 minutes Monday to Friday and up to every 20 minutes at the weekends. The buses will also be used on service 59, connecting Balnagask with the city centre, ARI and Northfield. Service 59 was one of the first routes in Scotland to be operated using electric-hybrid buses, the hybrid fleet originally launched in 2012 will soon be replaced by the new zero-emissions buses with double the capacity on the route.
“Major investment in new zero-emission buses also needs to be matched by better road infrastructure and more bus priority measures to help encourage people to make the switch from car to sustainable public transport” – Peter Knight, Managing Director at Stagecoach Bluebird
Peter Knight, Managing Director at Stagecoach Bluebird, said: “We are all really excited to welcome the electric buses to our Aberdeen fleet. Training for our team of drivers and engineers is well underway and we are planning for the new buses to be out in service for our customers later this month.
“Sustainable transport is critical to the future of our planet: decarbonising local journeys, reducing road congestion, improving air quality and tackling climate change. Travelling by bus, when we can, is one of the easiest ways to address climate change through carbon reduction of our own journeys.
“Major investment in new zero-emission buses also needs to be matched by better road infrastructure and more bus priority measures to help encourage people to make the switch from car to sustainable public transport.”