Operators benefit from Scotland’s biggest-ever green grant

The Scottish Government has announced the eight winners of round 5 of its Green Bus Fund (SGBF5), who will share 3.7m in support to help buy 83 low-carbon buses – the largest amount allocated to the Scottish Fund.

However, the sum awarded is less than the 4.75m allocated when the Fund opened for bids in May.

It will bring the number of SGBF-supported buses to 209, with 13.8m of grants since 2010.

Winners of the SGBF5 are:

  • First Glasgow – four ADL Enviro 350H ‘virtual electric’ buses and 43 Wrightbus StreetLite Micro Hybrids
  • Wilson’s of Rhu – two Wrightbus StreetLite Micro Hybrids
  • Secure Airparks – two Wrightbus StreetLite Micro Hybrids
  • First Scotland East – five ADL Enviro400 MMC flywheel hybrids
  • Lothian Buses – 20 double-deck hybrids Volvo B5LH/ADL Enviro400
  • Stagecoach North Scotland – five Optare Solo all-electrics
  • Deveron Coaches – one Optare Solo all-electric
  • Orkney Islands Council – one Optare Solo all-electric.

Says Transport Minister Keith Brown: “We are committed to public transport and to our ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”

The announcement will see the debut of ADL’s ‘virtual electric’ buses in Glasgow. It is part of First Glasgow’s 7.4m investment in 47 green buses, with 1.3m of SGBF5 support.

The order includes a 2m investment in four ADL Enviro350H ‘virtual electric’ vehicles that run emission-free 70% of the time, and 30% on hybrid power. They will operate emission-free in crowded, inner-city environments, and use hybrid technology to recharge while in less densely populated areas, thereby significantly reducing kerbside emissions. They will also come fitted with free Wi-Fi and leather seats as standard.

First Glasgow’s virtual electric vehicles are part of the European Union ZeEUS project, which demonstrates low carbon bus solutions in eight locations across Europe. Project partners include ADL, SPT, SSE and Strathclyde University.