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Edinburgh's first fleet of electric double decker buses launches



Today sees the launch of Edinburgh’s first fully electric double decker buses, following funding from SP Energy Networks in partnership with Lothian Buses.

The £1.7m project forms part of the company’s £20m Green Economy Fund, helping Edinburgh to take a major step in its journey towards net zero emissions by 2030.

The four new buses will be introduced onto route 10, which connects outlying parts of the city, Western Harbour and Bonaly with the centre.

The buses were built by Alexander Dennis at its Falkirk factory and have a smart management system which allows reduction in well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

The new vehicles also have USB charging points, on-board audio-visual next stop announcements and free Wi-Fi to provide a better overall customer experience.

The City of Edinburgh Council has also committed to establish a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), reducing the carbon footprint of public transport and the new Lothian electric buses are a statement of intent for the city’s transport network.

Transport Minister Graeme Dey, who attended the official launch of the new electric fleet at Dynamic Earth, said: “It’s fantastic to see private sector organisations collaborate to tackle climate change – the funding from SP Energy Networks to support Lothian’s electric fleet with buses made in Falkirk is very much an initiative to be welcomed and encouraged.’’

Guy Jefferson, chief operating officer at SP Energy Networks, said: “The four new electric double decker buses will serve one of the busiest bus routes in the capital and provide a blueprint for other routes across the city.

“We are committed to collaborating with government and industry to harness the knowledge, skills and resources we need to tackle climate change.

“By working with our partners in Edinburgh and across Scotland through initiatives such as this we can deliver the cleaner, greener and better future we all want, quicker.”

Nigel Serafini, interim managing director at Lothian Buses, said: “Across the last decade, Lothian has removed around 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our carbon footprint through our fleet replacement strategies, and the introduction of Edinburgh’s first fully electric double decker buses allows us to continue on this journey, further reducing our impact on the environment.

“These new buses are fitted with the most advanced zero emissions technology and the introduction of these vehicles across our service 10 further cements our commitment to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government and The City of Edinburgh Council’s climate change strategies.”

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