Scotland’s first double-decker hybrid fleet to arrive in Edinburgh

Greener bus travel arrives in Edinburgh on Sunday 11 September as Lothian Buses launches its £5 million state of the art hybrid fleet. The arrival of the 15-strong fleet will see Edinburgh become the first city in Scotland to operate a double-decker hybrid fleet.

Setting the standard for greener public transport in Scotland, the fleet of Enviro 400 hybrid double-decker electric-diesel buses, manufactured by Falkirk-based bus and coach builders, Alexander Dennis Limited, will run on the city’s Service 10, from Western Harbour to Torphin.

The £5 million investment, including a £1 million contribution from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund, is Scotland’s biggest single investment in green hybrid bus technology by a bus operator. This latest investment confirms Lothian Buses position as a category leader in public transport and its commitment to both Edinburgh residents and creating a greener capital.

Ian Craig, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “As a company we are always looking for ways to offer greener and more sustainable travel. The new hybrid fleet is part of our continued commitment and investment to combat air pollution and to offer our passengers a low-carbon public transport option.

“Our buses already deliver significant emissions savings. However, the new fleet is a lower-carbon and lower-emission solution that will make a major and further contribution to reducing emissions in Edinburgh.  The service 10 is one of our longer routes operating through two Local Air Quality Management Areas.”

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis, commented: “These vehicles bring cutting-edge technology to public transport and we are absolutely delighted that the first all-hybrid, double deck fleet in the country will operate in our capital city. Be assured, these are no ordinary buses. The specification demanded by Lothian Buses is second-to-none and Edinburgh passengers can look forward to a first class environment providing a cleaner, quieter and noticeably smoother ride.”

The low carbon buses bring together cutting edge hybrid technology and conventional engineering solutions, resulting in certified fuel and CO2 emissions savings of over 30%. They introduce a new era of proven, reliable, greener buses that will tackle head-on both local air pollution issues and help Scotland achieve its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

The manufacture of the new hybrid fleet reflects considerable technological and engineering innovation. Powered directly by electrical energy stored in batteries, the electricity turns motors attached to the bus wheels to produce motion. The batteries are re-charged using “regenerative braking”, whereby the energy created from using the brakes is captured and used to recharge the batteries. When the driver is only occasionally using the footbrake, an additional small diesel engine also helps top-up the batteries.

The conventional gearbox is also absent from the latest fleet, making the bus journey even smoother. This is in addition to the free WiFi, audio next stop announcements and dedicated wheelchair and pram space features that are all available on Lothian Buses.

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