Stagecoach has announced the launch of what it called “the UKs first fully-electric city bus network” in Inverness.
The Perth-based transport firm said it will launch two further fully-electric city bus networks in Perth and Dunfermline in the coming months.
Stagecoach said 25 new zero-emission Yutong E10 buses are now operating on all city centre routes in Inverness.
“The vehicles can operate from morning to evening on a single daily charge, and feature USB charging points at each seat, interior LED lights and contactless payment facilities,” said Stagecoach. “With no engine noise or vibration, passengers can look forward to a relaxing experience.”
Stagecoach is now owned by German asset manager DWS.
The £10.8 million investment in the Inverness service was supported by the Scottish Government’s Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).
Charging infrastructure was successfully installed at the Inverness depot ahead of the launch. Stagecoach uses 100% renewable electricity across the business.
Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said, “With this significant introduction of 25 new electric buses, Stagecoach is showing a welcome commitment to help meet Scotland’s world leading climate change targets.
“I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to support the ambitions of Stagecoach in Inverness, as part of our Mission Zero for Transport, by providing £5.8 million through our Scottish Zero Emission Bus Scheme.
“In addition to better air quality and reduced noise pollution across the city, these modern zero-emission buses will offer an improved customer experience and help more people in Inverness to choose bus.”
Stagecoach Highlands MD David Beaton said: “I am incredibly proud to be able to say that we’re now operating the UKs first fully-electric city bus network here in Inverness.
“It is a challenging time for the industry, and we still have some way to go, but we’re absolutely committed to improving public transport for our customers across the Highlands.”