Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK jointly announced today that Stagecoach East Scotland is launching nine electric buses supplied by their electric vehicle partnership, the UK’s leading electric bus producer, on local services in Perth. The buses were part-funded by the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) of the Scottish Government.
ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. (NFI), while BYD is a global leader in batteries, energy management and electric mobility.
The fleet of nine BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deckers will operate on busy Perth routes 1 and 2, connecting housing areas with the city centre, retail and leisure developments, Perth Royal Infirmary, educational establishments and local football ground.
The zero emission buses were built locally in Falkirk by ADL in partnership with BYD as the manufacturer’s partner for electric buses in the UK and Ireland. The partnership combines BYD’s world-leading expertise in batteries and electric technology, with ADL’s unparalleled experience in bodywork assembly and passenger-centric interiors. Locally headquartered, low carbon energy company SSE are partnering with Stagecoach to deliver the new electrical infrastructure at Perth depot.
Not only do Stagecoach’s new buses benefit the planet by not having exhaust emissions, but they are also quieter and have USB charging points at each seat as well as interior LED lights and contactless payment facilities to create a relaxing experience for passengers.
Stagecoach is introducing a total of 46 new fully electric buses in key transport networks in Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Perth as part of SULEBS, all of which are supplied by the BYD ADL partnership. SULEBS helps bus companies invest in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure to support a green recovery out of the coronavirus pandemic, improve air quality and advance Scotland’s ambitions for a net zero economy. The Scottish Government has set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
Scottish Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “I’m looking forward to seeing these new buses hit the road, thanks to the awards from the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. By helping operators invest in greener fleets, we can support our green recovery and keep more people moving with fewer carbon emissions and better air quality as a result.
“More journeys are made by bus compared to any other public transport mode and a vibrant bus industry can provide the solutions to complex challenges in our society. With the buses being manufactured in Falkirk, we are also helping the Scottish bus industry and wider supply chain.”
Douglas Robertson, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We are all really excited to be introducing our first fully electric vehicles in East Scotland thanks to the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme and the funding made available for us to deliver this. There has never been a more important time to take action to address the climate emergency and play a part in helping Scotland deliver on its net zero ambitions.
“Stagecoach is the UK’s biggest investor in hybrid-electric bus technology, and we have invested more than £1billion in new greener buses over the past decade. Without Stagecoach bus services, there would be an annual increase of 190,000 tonnes of CO2 through passengers using alternative transport. These investments are expected to deliver an estimated annual reduction of around 67,000 tonnes of CO2e from its fleet of more than 1,200 buses in Scotland in less than 15 years.”
ADL President & Managing Director Paul Davies said: “Stagecoach continues to be at the front of investment in sustainable mobility and this new electric bus fleet for Perth is further testament to the group’s ambition in supporting not only the Scottish Government in its targets, but also underpinning skilled jobs and apprenticeships in the world-class UK bus manufacturing industry.
“We are proud that our innovations continue to enable Stagecoach in delivering greener journeys. We look forward to continuing to work with Stagecoach and the Scottish Government in decarbonising the country’s bus fleet.”
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD (UK), said: “BYD is a world-leader in eMobility solutions, and we are delighted to share our expertise in batteries and electric technology as part of our ongoing successful eBus partnership with ADL. It is a privilege to be involved in such a momentous delivery of pure-electric buses to Stagecoach East Scotland, in the knowledge that while benefiting the environment, their production has also supported the local economy, directly helping people in Scotland.”
Kevin Welstead, EV Sector Director of SSE Energy Solutions, said: “We fully support the drive to decarbonise public transport in Scotland through our role as the EV infrastructure partners of choice for Stagecoach in this project. Given that SSE is headquartered at Perth we want to see cleaner and greener transport options for the area. We are also proud to be working with Stagecoach on a pilot scheme to trial EV community hubs, which mean the local population could also benefit from charging infrastructure once the electric buses are out on shift in the day.”
Group photograph shows, left to right: Paul Davies (President & Managing Director, Alexander Dennis Limited), Martin Griffiths (Chief Executive, Stagecoach), Graeme Dey (Minister for Transport) and Sam Greer (Regional Director for Scotland, Stagecoach).