First fully-electric city bus network launched by Stagecoach
Fabulous news as Stagecoach this morning launched the UKs first fully-electric city bus network in Inverness! This constitutes an awesome £10.8m investment in public transport in this scenic city with 25 new zero-emission buses to operate on all city centre routes. 159 new electric buses are planned to be introduced by Stagecoach across the UK in 2023 and a £40m total investment in new vehicles and infrastructure in the Highlands by end of 2023
Stagecoach Highlands, who are part of the Great Scenic Journeys family, celebrated the launch of the UKs first fully-electric city bus network in Inverness today where they were joined by Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth MSP. Here’s a great pic of Stagecoach Highlands MD David Beaton FCILT, Jenny Gilruth, Sam Greer, Stagecoach Regional Director Scotland and David Simpson, Stagecoach Highlands Chief Engineer!
25 brand-new zero-emission Yutong E10 buses are now operating on all city centre routes. The vehicles can operate from morning to evening on a single daily charge, and feature USB charging points at each seat, interior LED lights and contactless payment facilities. With no engine noise or vibration, passengers can look forward to a relaxing experience.
The £10.8m investment was supported by the Scottish Government’s Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB). Charging infrastructure was successfully installed at the Inverness depot ahead of the launch. Stagecoach use 100% renewable electricity across the business.
Stagecoach will launch two further fully-electric city bus networks in Perth and Dunfermline in the coming months!
Scenic Journeys just got better and better!