Edinburgh Gets First All-electric Buses

The capital’s bus service today launched four all-electric double-decker buses as part of the move by Edinburgh City Council to establish a Low Emission Zone in the city.

Resplendent in bright green livery, the buses will run on the number 10 route, which connects Western Harbour and Bonaly with the city centre.

Funded with major support from SP Energy Networks, part of the ScottishPower group, the buses were built by Alexander Dennis in Falkirk.

Nigel Serafini, Interim Managing Director at Lothian Buses, said: “These new buses are fitted with the most advanced zero emissions technology and the introduction of these vehicles across our Service 10 further cements our commitment to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government and The City of Edinburgh Council’s climate change strategies.”

It follows the announcement earlier this month by First Bus that it intends to transform the Caledonia bus depot on Cathcart Road in Glasgow into the UK’s largest EV charging hub with space to charge up to 300 electric buses. It already runs two electric buses in the city and plans to take delivery of 20 more by September, ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

First Bus already operates hydrogen fuel cell buses in Aberdeen.

An early sighting by SiM of one of the new green buses “in the wild” on Princes Street

For more on this story, see this article in the Scotsman and the announcement by Lothian Buses.

Photo credit: Lothian Buses

Video credit: Elaine Catton

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