Opportunity-charged Volvos enter service in Irvine Valley

At an event at the Rugby Park ground of Kilmarnock Football Club on July 27, SP Energy Networks and Stagecoach West Scotland unveiled what they claim is the UK’s first fleet of fully electric buses serving rural communities.

Five of the six new all-electric Volvo 7900e single-deckers were funded by £2million from SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund, and the fleet is being used on the 11mile Stagecoach service X1 linking Kilmarnock town centre and Priestland via the Irvine Valley communities of Hurlford, Galston, Newmilns and Darvel.

Because of the length of the route, this is the first in Scotland to use opportunity charging, where buses benefit from rapid and intense charges of power on route, rather than being charged overnight for hours at a time.

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