07 Oct 2017


Edinburgh bus operator Lothian Buses has put its first electric buses into service. The operator ordered six Street Air buses from Wrightbus for £2·7m. These are fitted with 300 kWh batteries that will be charged overnight. It takes 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the batteries.

The buses have capacity for 70 passengers and are equipped with wi-fi, USB charging points, LED lighting and regenerative braking that feeds braking energy back into the batteries.

The operator plans to introduce five more electric buses on Service 1 next year, which would enable it to run a fully electric service on one of its routes. This forms part of Lothian Buses’ goal to reduce its emissions footprint by 42% by 2020.

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