Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership has supplied two 100 per cent emissions-free, pure-electric buses to First Glasgow.
The buses, which have been funded by SP Energy Networks, will reduce emissions in Scotland’s largest city. BYD is a global leader in batteries, energy management and electric mobility, while ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. (NFI).
The two BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deck buses convert First Glasgow’s M3 bus service to full electric operation. Serving local roads, the zero-emission buses will improve air quality for residents.
The introduction of the zero-emission electric buses was made possible by the award of £1.5 million in funding from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, established by the electricity network operator to support the Scottish Government’s ambitious green targets to boost local economic growth, improve air quality in Scottish cities and to expedite a better future for all.
The 10.8-metre buses were built by Alexander Dennis in Scotland on chassis supplied by BYD from its factory in Komárom, Hungary, providing 36 comfortable seats in a spacious interior. Batteries will be charged overnight at First Glasgow’s Caledonia depot, where the operator has installed 22 charging points in anticipation of further investment in electric buses.
Colin Robertson, Chief Executive at Alexander Dennis, says: “Sustainable buses are part of the solution to the climate emergency and at Alexander Dennis we are proud to be leading this transformation together with our partner BYD. Our electric buses are already running at Glasgow Airport and it’s great to see them take to the streets of Scotland’s largest city, providing real benefits for passengers and residents.”
Frank Thorpe, BYD UK Managing Director, said: “Electric mobility represents the long-term future for public transport local authorities, as evidence by an increasing number of operators up and down the country. An increasingly climate-aware public have woken to the important role electric buses can fulfil in towns and cities, and operators are now realising the commercial benefits of electric mobility. We are delighted to be partnering the market-leading ADL organisation, together building a formidable bond with operators and passengers alike.”