Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the first £50 million phase of a new Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).
The fund replaces previous funding streams and is designed to encourage the market to implement new and innovative ways to finance and deploy zero emission buses.
ScotZEB builds on the success of the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS), which has enabled bus operators to order a total of 207 electric buses from the BYD ADL partnership over two funding rounds awarded in September 2020 and March 2021.
Deliveries of these locally built zero emission vehicles will commence this autumn.
Paul Davies, ADL President & Managing Director, said: “The Scottish Government continues to lead the way in funding cleaner, greener buses. We look forward to working with bus operators and the energy and finance sectors to ensure the benefits of this funding are felt across communities in Scotland.
“Its investment in local supply chains such as our production of electric and hydrogen buses in Falkirk will underpin Scottish skilled jobs and apprenticeships that are vital for the transition to Net Zero.”
ADL’s zero emission bus offering for Scotland includes the battery-electric BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deck and BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deck buses built in partnership with battery technology experts BYD.
There is also the hydrogen fuel cell-electric Enviro400FCEV that is part of H2.0, ADL’s second-generation hydrogen bus platform which will offer a range of up to 300 miles.