BYD–Alexander Dennis partnership delivers 39 electric buses to Stagecoach in Scotland
Published: 17 Apr 2023
Alexander Dennis and BYD UK jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership has completed the delivery of 39 zero-emission buses to Stagecoach.
Alexander Dennis 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 24 BYD AD Enviro200EV single deckers and 15 BYD AD Enviro400EV double deckers have been allocated to Stagecoach’s operations across Scotland. 13 buses for Perth joined nine earlier vehicles to convert all local services in the city to electric. Another 11 buses have made all of Dunfermline’s city network zero emission. A further 15 vehicles joined existing BYD–Alexander Dennis electric buses in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.
The buses were part-funded by the Scottish Government through Phase 1 of the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), which aims to encourage significant change in the bus market by supporting the swift transition to zero emission vehicles and infrastructure. The fund aims to help achieve targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to the delivery of Low Emission Zones and encourage inward investment and growth in the supply chain of zero carbon vehicle and energy solutions.
Together with deliveries from earlier orders, Stagecoach now operates 85 BYD–Alexander Dennis electric buses in Scotland.
Sam Greer, Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland, said: “As part of our drive to target a net zero UK bus fleet by 2035, we are delighted to deliver the UK’s first all-electric city bus networks, building further on the investment made in new zero emission buses in a number of places in the UK. These new state-of-the-art electric buses introduced across Dunfermline, Inverness and Perth will help deliver significantly reduced emissions in these cities.
“One of the quickest ways local people can help deliver net zero is by switching from cars to buses, as well as walking and cycling more. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and local transport authorities on measures to deliver more priority for bus passengers, more reliable services, simpler ticketing and the best value fares.”
Alexander Dennis National Account Manager, Marie Connell, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Stagecoach as it transitions to a zero-emission bus fleet across Scotland. Our single deck and double deck electric buses are a great fit for services in Ayrshire, Dunfermline, Perth and Aberdeen, often joining earlier examples of the same type.
“Customers will love the smooth acceleration, air conditioning and comfortable Alexander Dennis SmartSeats, while drivers will benefit from a familiar vehicle. Thanks to the Scottish Government’s support through ScotZEB, these buses have helped to underpin skilled jobs and apprenticeships in the UK bus manufacturing industry.”
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD UK, said: “This latest delivery illustrates the excellent progress Stagecoach is making in implementing zero-emission electric bus fleets in key towns and cities in Scotland, with the support of ScotZEB. Through pioneering battery technology and innovation in new energy products, BYD in partnership with Alexander Dennis, is proud to be involved in helping Stagecoach transition its bus fleets to clean eMobility solutions, that are kinder to the environment, providing even more passengers in Scotland with accessible eco-friendly bus transportation.”