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Lothian orders Volvo electrics and launches Net Zero strategy

Lothian Buses confirmed an order in September for 50 new Volvo BZL electric double-deckers with MCV bodywork built in Egypt. This £24million-plus investment will be delivered in two batches next year, with the first arriving in early spring.

Driveline of the BZL comprises a 200kW electric motor coupled to a two-stage automated gearbox. Each vehicle has been specified with five lithium-ion batteries giving the maximum 470kW/h of onboard energy storage – offering a range up to 300km (186miles) depending on operating conditions.

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