The buses will be used in Ayrshire, and they will join two more BYD ADL Enviro200EVs that were also delivered to the operator. The BZL range is based on proven and successful technologies from Europe, with the bodywork provided by MCV.
The buses have many commonalities with the 7900e models, and Stagecoach West Scotland gained direct experience with the electric bus offering before placing the BZL order. The BZL buses will be supported by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North and Scotland, which is equipped for battery-electric vehicles and has charging facilities on site.
The dealership will handle warranty work and supply parts to Stagecoach West Scotland’s workshop. The deliveries form a core part of Stagecoach West Scotland’s new fleet, which now has 48 battery-electric vehicles, including the 15 existing Enviro200EVs.
Stagecoach West Scotland Managing Director Fiona Doherty & Siobhian Brown MSP inspected the new buses. 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 multi million-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 vehicles.”
Transport Scotland provided grant funding from the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund for the new deliveries. The total investment across both Transport Scotland and the operator is £15.7 million. Before the order was placed, detailed consultation was carried out with Stagecoach to analyse route lengths and calculate energy usage, with contingency for traffic and weather factors included. The deliveries will help Stagecoach to improve air quality locally, deliver a better customer experience, and support the country’s net zero strategy.
Above & below, The Volvo BZL was shown at EuroBus 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham