Two operators buy Yutong electrics after Zeelo trial
Two operators have gone on to order Yutong electric coaches after trialling them with transit tech company Zeelo.
Zeelo has now completed its round of trials of an electric coach with operators from across the country. Part of the firm’s Net-Zero strategy, the trial gave operators the opportunity to try the Zeelo-branded Yutong TCe12 from Pelican Bus and Coach, that was powered by portable charging infrastructure from Zenobē. Over the past year, eight operators, including Landflight, Hearns, Wilfreda Beehive, Marret’s Chariots, Roy McCarthy, BM Coaches, Swans and Ratho Coaches, participated.
After taking part in the trial, Ratho Coaches and LandFlight have invested in electric coaches for their own fleets.
“Our participation in Zeelo’s EV demonstrator trial provided us with invaluable insights” – LandFlight’s Managing Director, Akhtar Ali
LandFlight’s Managing Director, Akhtar Ali, said: “Our participation in Zeelo’s EV demonstrator trial provided us with invaluable insights. We are now proud to have added our first TCe12 electric coach to our fleet and are on the cusp of adding another, a decision fuelled by the positive experience and Zeelo’s commitment to providing contracts that make the transition financially sustainable.”
“Following a seamless trial of the TCe12 facilitated by Zeelo, the decision to integrate the EV into our fleet was a natural progression” – Co-owner and Director at Ratho Coaches, Charles McIntosh
Co-owner and Director at Ratho Coaches, Charles McIntosh, said: “Following a seamless trial of the TCe12 facilitated by Zeelo, the decision to integrate the EV into our fleet was a natural progression. This electric model has demonstrated exceptional performance across diverse operations in the Edinburgh area, earning high praise from both drivers and passengers alike. The positive feedback, coupled with the notable reduction in overall operating costs, solidified our confidence in the TCe12 as a sustainable and efficient addition to our fleet.”
“By combining Zeelo’s expertise with our operator partners’ fleets, drivers and operational excellence, we can pave the way for a cleaner, greener future of transportation” – Zeelo CEO, Sam Ryan
Zeelo is dedicated to achieving complete electrification and attaining a net-zero status by the year 2030.
Zeelo CEO, Sam Ryan, said: “We understand the urgency of transitioning to sustainable transport solutions. The successful conclusion of our EV demonstrator trial is a testament to the power of collaboration between technology, and the operational know-how provided by our operator partners. We appreciate the concerns around fleet electrification and want to support our partners with long term contracts that sustain such a purchase. By combining Zeelo’s expertise with our operator partners’ fleets, drivers and operational excellence, we can pave the way for a cleaner, greener future of transportation.”