Scotland: Stagecoach Unveils 27 Electric Buses in Ayrshire

Stagecoach West Scotland has unveiled a fleet of 27 electric buses to expand its fleet of electric vehicles operating in the county of Ayrshire.

With support from the Scottish Government’s Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), the operator has invested 15.7 million GBP in 25 Volvo BZL single-deck buses and two ADL BYD single-deck buses.

Stagecoach West Scotland unveiled 27 fully electric buses at an official launch event at the historic Robert Burns Birthplace – Burns Cottage

These vehicles will increase the number of fully electric buses operating on local routes around Ayrshire to 48.

Stagecoach West Scotland Managing Director Fiona Doherty said:

“This is an exciting day for Stagecoach as we launch our new fleet of electric buses, which will serve communities in Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine with zero-emission public transport. This multimillion-pound investment is part of our strategy to decarbonise our fleet and bring state-of-the-art bus travel to our customers in the urban areas we serve. Bus travel is one of the greenest forms of transport available and we encourage everyone to leave their cars at home and try our new electric buses.”

To support the operation of these electric buses, Stagecoach has installed 21 new charging stations at its Kilmarnock and Ayr depots in Ayrshire.

The new vehicles will enter passenger service in March 2023 and will operate from morning to night on a single charge.

This launch is part of Stagecoach’s mission to operate a net zero UK bus fleet by 2035, which aligns with Scotland’s pathway to operating a zero-emission bus sector.

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