Largest award yet for new battery-electric fleets

Another 276 new battery-electric zero-emission buses are set to enter Scottish fleets following the Scottish government’s award of over £62million through Phase 1 of the ScotZEB, the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB). This is the largest investment made so far to decarbonise buses north of the border.

The successful bidders are:

● Stagecoach North Scotland Bluebird (£3.066million for 13 buses) and Highland (£5.834million for 25).

● Stagecoach East Scotland (£7.329million for 32).

● Stagecoach West Scotland (£8.029million for 39).

● First Aberdeen and First Glasgow (£18.599million for 74 — 24 for Aberdeen and 50 for Scotstoun depot in Glasgow).

● McGill’s (£9.086million for 41).

● Craig of Campbeltown (£2.409million for 10).

● Ember Core (£5.562million for 26).

● Houston, Lockerbie (£368,413 for four).

● Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning (£485,955 for five).

● Dumfries & Galloway Council (£633,934 for four).

● Stirling Council (£595,404 for three).

Alexander Dennis will build almost half of the new buses, 137 vehicles, in Scotland at its Falkirk factory.

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