74 Electric buses have been ordered from ADL and Yutong following an award of £18.6m from the first round of the Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund.
First will contribute £35m to the 74 buses and their associated infrastructure, with the BYD ADL batch accounting for £19.7m and the Yutong deliveries £8.4m the first buses being due to arrive following the installation of rapid charging points.
The orders will see 50% of the First Aberdeen fleet become zero-emission. The Yutongs will operate there alongside two batches of Wrightbus StreetDeck Hydroliner hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-deckers. (see below)
The 50 BYD ADL buses that form part of the latest order will take First’s operation in Glasgow to 40% battery-electric in conjunction with extensive work at its Caledonia depot.
The new order represents a further significant step on the group’s quest to have an entirely zero-emission fleet by 2035. It follows the order with Wrightbus for 193 battery-electric buses for First Bus fleets in England. see here