FIRST GLASGOW’S BYD ADL ENVIRO 200 EV IN OPERATION
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe jointly announced today that their electric vehicle partnership has supplied two 100% emissions-free, pure-electric buses to First Glasgow. The buses, which have been funded by SP Energy Networks, will reduce emissions in Scotland’s largest city.
The two BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deck buses convert First Glasgow’s M3 bus service to full electric operation. The introduction of the zero-emission electric buses was made possible by the award of £1.5 million in funding from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, established by the electricity network operator to support the Scottish Government’s ambitious green targets to boost local economic growth, improve air quality in Scottish cities and to expedite a better future for all. The launch event was attended by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council.
The 10.8-metre buses were built by Alexander Dennis in Scotland on chassis supplied by BYD from its factory in Komárom, Hungary. Batteries will be charged overnight at First Glasgow’s Caledonia depot, where the operator has installed 22 charging points in anticipation of further investment in electric buses. Frank Mitchell, CEO at SP Energy Networks, said: “Glasgow has ambitious plans to be the UK’s first net-zero carbon city by 2030, but for that to happen, there will be big changes across the city.” Every customer journey on the route will save around 2kg of CO2 compared with driving on your own in an average car.