Glasgow Open Top Buses to Become Electric

City Sightseeing Glasgow is converting its entire fleet of open top vehicles to electric buses supplied by Wrightbus.

The Glasgow tour company is part of the City Sightseeing Worldwide franchise, which delivers open top tours globally.

In Glasgow, the tour serves attractions such as Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Clydeside Distillery, Riverside Museum, Glasgow University, The Hunterian and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Glasgow Sightseeing Buses
Sharon Morrison (Communications Director at City Sightseeing Glasgow), Tom Greenshields (Head of Business Development at Wrightbus) and Susan Deighan (Glasgow Life Chief Executive)

The launch of 10 new StreetDeck Electroliner electric buses will make Glasgow the first City Sightseeing operator to use a full fleet of electric vehicles. It is also the first Scottish open top tours to commit to solely using electric vehicles and one of the first in Europe.

Sharon Morrison, Communications Director at City Sightseeing Glasgow, said:

“We are excited to be introducing a full electric fleet to our open top tour in Glasgow. It’s great for the city’s green credentials and reinforces our commitment to meeting Scotland’s climate change goals.

“Whilst we already offer one of the most sustainable ways for visitors to enjoy the best of Glasgow, the move to full electric means we can showcase our city’s wealth of cultural heritage, and of-course its dear green spaces, with zero environmental impact on our city, its residents and visitors.

“As well as the environmental benefits of operating an electric fleet, the buses will offer an improved customer experience, with a much smoother and quieter journey for those enjoying Glasgow’s story.”

The vehicles will cost 4.5 million GBP and will be purchased with support from the Scottish Zero Emission Bus (ScotZEB) Challenge Fund.

The electric vehicles are expected to enter service in July 2023.

Tom Greenshields, Head of Business Development at Wrightbus, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the city of Glasgow’s sustainability mission with our StreetDeck Electroliner Open Top buses. This 10-bus order will be one of the first City Sightseeing fleet in the world to be fully electric, which demonstrates Glasgow’s commitment to helping to reduce emissions.”

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