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ADL confirms new integrated in-house EV range News and analysis of the transition to a zero emission bus and coach sector



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New range of in-house integrated electric buses on the way from ADL

A L E X A N DE R D e n n i s i s expanding its zero-emission bus portfolio with new electric buses fully designed and integrated inhouse. Available for customer delivery from late 2023, a new small bus and a new electric double-deck will be available alongside products from the BYD ADL partnership, which ADL says will continue to be sold and supported. The company says the new range of battery electric buses is part of the company’s longestablished strategy of offering its own, integrated vehicles alongside buses built on selected partners’ chassis to ensure customers have the widest range of solutions available to meet their individual requirements.

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A new design has been developed by in-house designers with input from students of Coventry University’s Automotive and Transport Design course. Buses for the UK and Ireland will be fully built at ADL’s UK plants and details and technical specifications will be released over the coming months. Internationally, the new platform will be tailored to the requirements of cities, transport authorities and bus companies in each territory. The recently announced order for Enviro500EV electric double deckers in Hong Kong will be part of this new generation of zero emission buses. “Alexander Dennis continues to lead the transition to zero-emission mobility and this unparal-

leled investment in the latest zero-emission technology gives operators, transport authorities and councils the freedom to choose from an even wider range of buses,” says president & managing director Paul Davies. “We have always been highly respected for our product innovation, and throughout this difficult period for our industry we have continued to challenge our engineering team to evolve our range. The result will be a brand new fully in-house designed, integrated electric double deck and small bus product giving our customers access to the latest zero-emission vehicle technology from a single, trusted source. ” alexander-dennis.com

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Caetano zero emission buses in Peak District National Park trial

CAETANO has deployed two zero emission vehicles for a trial supported by Toyota to link locations in and around the Peak District National Park. The two-week trial using an e.City Gold and an H2.City Gold is led by Gateway at PEAK, a 300acre tourism resort that is being developed on a regeneration site on the park’s eastern boundary. The vehicle are manufactured by Toyota’s European partner CaetanoBus and are already in service worldwide. The trial route connected eight locations and attractions in and around the park, including Chesterfield railway station, Chatsworth and the Gateway development, which will be the hub for a new PEAK Express September 2022

service, scheduled to open in 2025. Currently 85 per cent of park visitors arrive by car and these numbers are set to increase. Regional stakeholders are also keen for more diverse groups to access the park and to grow the local economy through tourism. The aim is to deliver these goals in a sustainable way without increasing carbon emissions or damaging the park’s biodiversity and protecting community wellness and prosperity. Once fully operating, PEAK Express at the Gateway aims to remove half a million tourist journeys from the National Park, reducing CO2 emissions by 3.6 million kilogrammes a year and provide a national exemplar of sustainable visitor economy growth. The long-term ambition is to see

multiple hubs located around the Peak District National Park boundary. Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, says: “Protecting the National Park for future generations and developing more sustainable ways for people to visit is high on our agenda. The PEAK Gateway site outside the National Park is an excellent location for a transport hub. The Peak Express service is a commitment to net-zero and will connect more of the National Park’s attractions without the need for a car, making them more accessible and spreading out the economic benefits of tourism.” www.peakliaison.co.uk

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First Bus to sell Scotland East business to McGill’s Bus Group

FIRST Bus has agreed to sell its First Scotland East business and all its routes in the region to McGill’s Group. The sale, which will complete later in September, includes all First Bus depots in Livingston, Larbert, Bannockburn, Balfron, as well as the Edinburgh open-top bus operation Bright Bus Tours. It also includes over 200 buses and approximately 550 staff. Duncan Cameron, managing director, First Bus Scotland, says: “This sale is part of a strategic refocusing of our Scotland business with significant investment in zero emission buses in Glasgow and Aberdeen. “As we’ve seen from their suc-

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cessful purchase of Xplore Dundee in recent times, McGill’s is an historic and trusted bus operator brand within Scotland and one we believe to be a safe pair of hands to take the Scotland East business forward successfully.” McGill’s Group, owned by Sandy and James Easdale, has invested heavily in its business and services, including the recent purchase of Xplore Dundee from National Express and a partnership with international coach operator FlixBus for longer distance routes. Ja mes Easda le, chairman, McGill’s Bus Group, adds: “Everyone at McGill’s Group is excited about welcoming Scotland East into our stable and the opportuni-

ties that lie ahead. Our team are passionate about using our expertise to build the business in the years ahead so we can retain and attract new passengers across the region. We’re pleased the opportunity has arisen to acquire the business and we appreciate the efforts of First towards ensuring a smooth transition.” Ralph Roberts, CEO, McGill’s Bus Group, says: “We firmly believe that we can combine the advantages of the McGill’s Group with unique local transport brands and we will be announcing further details on that post-completion.” www.firstbus.co.uk www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk

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Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation to take new Alexander Dennis Enviro500EV

FOLLOWING an earlier KMB order, Alexander Dennis has taken a second order in Hong Kong for its new Enviro500EV electric double-deck bus, this time for MTR Corporation with delivery in 2023. MTR provides Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway urban rail system including a network of feeder bus services, for which

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it operates a f leet of 169 buses, most of them being Enviro200, Enviro400 and Enviro500s. The Enviro500EV three-axle buses, which will be developed in-house by ADL on its own chassis with components from leading industry suppliers, are MTR’s first electric bus order. ADL managing director Asia Pacific, Andy Boulton says: “With

the next generation of electric bus technology, fully integrated by our own engineers, we are now in a position to deliver a zero-emission solution for Hong Kong’s world class transport system. “The Enviro500EV will showcase MTR Corporation’s landmark investment in cleaner transport.” alexander-dennis.com

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Switch Mobility unveils India’s first electric double-deck bus

SWITCH Mobility has unveiled its electric double-deck Switch EiV 22 which has been designed, developed and manufactured in India for the local market. Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman - Switch Mobility, says: “It’s an extremely proud moment for us as we bring back the iconic double-decker to India. Ashok Leyland was a pioneer among Indian manufacturers when it first launched the double-decker in 1967 in Mumbai and Switch is carrying forward that legacy. With our strong expertise in double-deckers, both in India and UK and with over 100 Switch electric double-deckers in service on UK roads, we are happy to not only bring back this icon to life and look forward to introducing newer electric products for the Indian and European markets, always keeping the customers at the forefront.” Andy Palmer, executive vice

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chairman and CEO – Switch Mobility, adds: “As a carbon neutral mobility company, Switch is focused on delivering innovative solutions to help authorities and operators decarbonise their public transport systems. The Switch EiV 22 is our latest innovation and builds on our expertise in the electric double-decker segment to deliver a product with class leading efficiency for the Indian market.” Talking about the brand’s entry into the EV double-decker space for the Indian market, Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO – Switch Mobility India, COO – Switch Mobility Ltd, said, “We are pleased to unveil the Switch EiV 22, India’s first and unique electric double-decker. We have strived to meet multiple challenges to fulfil new age customer requirements, while retaining the iconic double-decker lineage. The Switch EiV 22 is designed and developed to meet Indian conditions, while at the same time pro-

vide superior customer comfort and delight. Mumbai and double-deckers are synonymous with public transport, and we are certain that Switch EiV 22 will not only bring back fond memories for Mumbaikars, but will transform the public transport space in terms of sustainability and footprint which is the need of the hour in India.” The new double-deck uses a 650V system - the same platform as Switch EiV 12 which was launched in June 2022, and is also common with the Switch e1. Powering Switch EiV 22 is a 231kWh capacity, 2-string, liquid cooled, NMC battery pack with dual charging system. This enables the bus to have a range up to 250km for intra city applications, according to Switch. Switch India says that it has secured an order for 200 electric double-deck buses in Mumbai. www.switchmobility.tech

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New generation VDL Citea on display at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin

THE world premiere of the new generation VDL Citea will take place during the international exhibition InnoTrans, from 20-23 September in Berlin. VDL Bus & Coach will demonstrate its new city bus, an LF-122, which is entirely based on an all-electric driveline. VDL Bus & Coach says that the introduction of the new generation of Citeas is its answer to the challenges of tomorrow’s public September 2022

transport. Alex de Jong, business manager public transport, says: “With the new generation VDL Citea VDL offers a public transport product range in which there is no reason not to use a zero emission public transport bus. “The necessary conditions such as passenger capacity, range and total cost of operation are all met in accordance to market demand, zero compromise.”

“During InnoTrans, visitors can experience the new generation VDL Citea for themselves. We will be present on the outdoor area, where we will present the new generation VDL Citea. In addition, we will organise knowledge sessions in and around the bus and all the necessary information about the new generation VDL Citea will be available for our guests.” www.vdlbuscoach.com

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Go-Ahead launches new Voltra electric buses in the North East

GO-AHEAD has added nine Voltra electric buses to expand its electric bus fleet in the North East region. The new Yutong electric buses are the result of a £2million investment with support from the government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Fund. The new buses will be serving the Q3 route which runs from Great Park to Wallsend via Newcastle City. Go-Ahead says it remains committed to a ‘net zero’ bus fleet by 2035. The Voltra buses will be charged overnight at the stateof-the-art Riverside depot in Gateshead. Go North East managing director Nigel Featham says:

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“Our Voltra buses run on electricity sourced with green credentials, but Voltra is far more than just an electric bus fleet. We’ve looked at every detail, working with Pelican Yutong and other suppliers, to maximise the use of technology and innovation. “We’re providing high standards in bus travel including customer comfort, information, and ticketing. “We hope that by adding to our zero-emission bus f leet, we can help f lip the switch on people’s behaviour and see more people across our region leave the car behind to help reduce congestion on our roads and improve air quality for us all.”

Christian Schreyer, Go-Ahead Group CEO, adds: “The importance of sustainable travel is growing, ref lecting trends in climate change, digitalisation, urbanisation, and demographics. “There are increasing funding oppor tunities for bus lanes, traffic management and improvements to bus stops, helping to reduce journey times and improve the reliability of services. “Go-Ahead see opportunities to grow by encouraging people to leave their cars at home and improving our services to make bus travel more attractive for our customers.” www.go-ahead.com

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£2 fare cap funded across England for first three months in 2023 SINGLE bus fares in England will be subject to a new £2 cap from January to March 2023 in a scheme backed by up to £60million of government funding. The government says that the scheme could save more than £3 per ticket and that it will help passengers with travel costs for work, education, shopping and medical treatments over the winter months while they are facing pressures from the rising cost of living. The average single fare for a three-mile journey is estimated at over £2.80, meaning that the new fare will save passengers almost 30 per cent of the price every time they travel. The funding to keep fares down follows the Government’s announcement of £130million last month to protect vital bus routes and services across the country, which those on lowerincomes in particular rely on. The new initiative follows the allocation of more than £2bn to

support bus services in England through the pandemic and a commitment to fund improved services, new bus priority measures and new electric or hydrogen buses as part of ‘Bus Back Better’, the national bus strategy, published last year. A trial flat-rate bus pilot scheme, backed by £23.5million of government funding, launched in Cornwall in January and has seen a 10 per cent increase in passenger numbers. The ‘Any Ticket Any Bus’ scheme, running over four years, includes a £3 day ticket within towns or a £9 day ticket across all of Cornwall, which is valid across different bus operators. Dawn Badminton-Capps, director for England for Bus Users, says: “The cap on fares will bring welcome, short-term relief to the millions of people who rely on buses to access education, employment and health services. Buses make a vital contribution to society and Government support is critical in protecting services for the future.”

Paul Tuohy, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport, adds: “This will be very welcome news for the millions of people who rely on the bus to get to work, to the shops, to medical appointments, and to connect with friends and family. It will also encourage more people to find their nearest bus stop and give the bus a try.” Alison Edwards, policy director, Confederation of Passenger Transport, offered a cautious welcome: “Bus fare caps at £2 are an eye-catching initiative which could help attract new passengers on to the bus. We look forward to understanding in detail how the proposed fare cap will work in practice to ensure it supports the long-term sustainability of bus networks, which are vital in connecting communities with jobs, education and skills, as well as friends, family, and essential public services.” www.dft.gov.uk

Government continues Covid era support with £130m for buses services BUS operators across England will receive up to £130million of government support, to help ensure services keep running and millions of passengers can continue using affordable transport. The funding package will cover six months from October 2022 to March 2023, and follows almost two years’ worth of government September 2022

support to keep bus networks running. The latest funding means almost £2billion has been made available to over 160 bus operators during the pandemic. Jonathan Bray, director, Urban Transport Group, pointed to the need for a longer term solution: “The government has stood behind public transport during the

pandemic restrictions and the aftermath and we welcome this latest funding package. Given the funding announcement has been made on deadline day for bus companies registering plans for extensive service cuts it’s too early to know how many bus services this funding will save.” www.dft.gov.uk

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Kleanbus reveals modular platform for repowering from diesel to electric

BUS repower company Kleanbus has revealed the first images of its new modular platform technology, which it says can turn any bus, whether single or doubledeck, from ICE to fully electric quickly and cost-effectively. It argues that repowering – removing the diesel engine or hybrid powertrain from an existing bus, replacing it with a fully electric powertrain – is the fastest and most cost-effective method to transition the UK bus fleet to zero emission. Joe Tighe, co-founder and CEO, Kleanbus, says: “With 97 per cent of UK buses powered by diesel engines that emit large amounts of carbon, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter – and a staggering 35,000 of them on the road – the country faces a major challenge to rapidly decarbonise this vital transport sector and is struggling to move

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quickly enough. “Replacing these vehicles with new electric buses is very expensive for private companies and government subsidies will take many years given fleet turnover rates. “Kleanbus offers a fast and efficient way towards zero-emissions, making buses cleaner, quieter, more comfortable, and more valuable assets for operators.” Kleanbus says its e-motors do not have permanent magnets, so use no rare earth materials, demanding less of the planet’s resources and limiting the impact of rare earth metals production. From its 9,000 sq ft facility in the east of England, the Kleanbus repower programme consists of a full evaluation of the vehicle, removal of its diesel engine and all associated ICE components, scanning and prototyping of the vehicle’s interior, design of a bespoke platform, installation of a new

e-drive, build, full testing process and final certification. Once a bespoke e-drivetrain has been designed and tested it takes less than two weeks to repower an individual bus, according to Kleanbus. The company estimates that its electric repowered buses cost a fifth of a new electric bus and there are also options in terms of finance, including paying for the vehicle upfront and leasing the battery or paying nothing upfront and leasing both the vehicle and the battery. Tighe adds: “The potential for repowered buses is huge. They could bring about fully electric bus fleets six years earlier than relying on roll out of new zero emission buses alone. This could give a potential saving of over 4Mt CO2 and deliver health benefits of improved air quality sooner.” www.kleanbus.com

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First Bus places 193-EV bus order with Wrightbus following ZEBRA funding

FIRST Bus has placed one of the UK’s largest electric bus orders with Wrightbus, following successful bids with local authorities as part of the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) funding scheme. The £81million order, totalling 193 buses, is the largest EV bus purchase outside of London and will see new zero emission buses being rolled out across England from March 2023. First Bus will invest £43million in the new vehicles and will be supported to complete the electric fleet project with a £38million grant from the DfT. The order will be split between the following five areas; Leicester (68 buses) in partnership with Leicester City Council. York (44 Buses) in partnership with City of York Council. Leeds (32 Buses) in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Norwich (15 Buses) in partnerSeptember 2022

ship with Norfolk County Council. Portsmouth (34 Buses) in partnership with Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council. Each regional project will be completed over the course of the next two years and will mean that First Bus will have more than 500 EV buses working towards its pledge of an entirely zero emission fleet by 2035. The new EV buses will be fully built in Northern Ireland at the Wrightbus facility in Ballymena. First Bus UK managing director Janette Bell says: “We are absolutely delighted to place our largest ever zero emission vehicle order and to do so with a UK manufacturer. Wrightbus have a really exciting product that we feel will enhance the customer experience at the same time as benefitting the environment. “As leaders in sustainable mobility, we are fully aligned with the government’s ambitions for a net-zero carbon transport sys-

tem, including zero-emission bus fleets. We will continue to work closely with central and local Government across the UK to support the delivery of our shared decarbonisation ambitions and commitments.” Ben Werth, chief commercial officer, Wrightbus, said: “This is another significant deal for Wrightbus - the largest zero emissions bus order outside of London - and we are delighted to once again be partnering with First Bus in the drive to zeroemission public transport. First Bus, like us, is consistently on the forefront of new and exciting technology and at the forefront of zero- and low-emission travel. “All of the buses - the GB Kite Electroliner BEV and the StreetDeck Electroliner BEV will be manufactured and assembled at our Ballymena factory, which means support for jobs in NI, and wider across the UK through our domestic supply chain.” www.firstbus.co.uk

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Stagecoach to deliver all-electric city bus fleets in Perth and Inverness

TAGECOACH will be introducing all-electric city bus networks in Scotland as part of its drive to deliver a net zero UK bus fleet by 2035. Plans are underway to see Stagecoach’s city bus networks in Inverness and Perth all electric from the end of 2022 and early 2023 respectively. New e-buses will run across routes that have previously operated with largely diesel fleets, helping to drive cleaner air in these two major cities. Stagecoach is introducing the £13.9million fleet of 38 new e-buses, partly funded by the Scottish Government, across Inverness and Perth through the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), designed to support the transition to zero-emission technologies as part of Scotland’s overall target to achieve net zero by 2045. The new electric buses in Perth, which will be introduced in early 2023, will be made up of a £4.8million fleet of 13 buses,

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including seven single-deck, five midibuses and one double-deck. They will add to the fleet of nine zero emission buses introduced in the city last December. The £9.1million investment in Inverness will see a fleet of 25 new electric midibuses introduced from late 2022 across routes 1-9, replacing the city’s diesel bus fleet. New zero emission buses are also being introduced over the coming months on Stagecoach networks across other areas in Scotland including Aberdeen, Ayr, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Kilmarnock as part of the ScotZEB plans. Over the past 14 months, Stagecoach has rolled out 52 new electric buses across its networks in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS), with a further six electric buses introduced across the west of Scotland in partnership with SP Energy Networks. Minister for transport Jenny Gilruth says: “This latest announcement from Stagecoach is welcome,

and is fantastic news for everyone who lives in, works and visits Inverness and Perth. Not only will these new buses help reduce transport emissions and respond to the climate emergency, they will improve local air quality too.” Sam Greer, Stagecoach regional director for Scotland, adds: “One of the quickest ways local people can help deliver net zero is by switching from cars to buses, as well as walking and cycling more. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and local transport authorities on measures to deliver more priority for bus passengers, more reliable services, simpler ticketing and the best value fares.” The funding announced earlier this year as part of the ScotZEB initiative follows two rounds of funding under the predecessor Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme in September 2020 and March 2021. www.stagecoachgroup.com

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Equipmake welcomes inclusion of repowered electric buses in Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund

EQUIPMAKE, has welcomed newly announced changes to the Scottish Zero Emissions Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), which are set to include financial awards for companies who repower buses with electric drivetrains. Under the ScotZEB Phase 2 which will open for bids in spring 2023, companies who offer repowering with a fully electric drivetrain are now eligible to bid for financial support. With local authorities and public service bus operators eligible too, the newly announced ScotZEB changes indicate incentives will be available to reduce the purchase price of a repowered bus, enabling fleets to go electric quickly and cost-effectively. Ian Foley, CEO, Equipmake, says: “Repowering is an important and cost-effective transitionary technology that can bridge the gap between diesel and a new electric bus f leet. We welcome September 2022

newly-announced changes to ScotZEB Phase 2, which can play a vital role in making a repowered electric bus even more cost-effective for an operator and accelerating Scotland’s transition to a zeroemission bus fleet.” Equipmake’s repower technology programme involves an inspection of each bus to ensure its adaptability to its modular electric chassis. Once its suitability is verified, the process itself is quick, with up to five repowers a week being completed, ensuring a working bus is kept off the road for as short a time as possible. Equipmake says its programme makes sense from a cost perspective, with each conversion coming in at less than half the price of a new electric bus, and with most buses expected to remain in service for 14 years or beyond, operators can still make significant efficiencies by repowering a bus half way through its working life.

Foley adds: “By repowering buses with electric power, the technology exists to bring cleaner air to towns and cities very rapidly indeed. The Scottish government is to be praised for the changes to ScotZEB Phase 2 and we now call on the UK government to outline an electric bus strategy that will see the purchase price of a repowered electric bus incentivised in England & Wales. “The opportunity is clear for all to see. Repowering the drivetrains of existing buses with electric technology at scale can rapidly and dramatically reduce pollution and provide the UK bus industry with a much-needed shot in the arm. “The UK Government must seize the initiative and make it happen. Contributing to conversions would be an ideal way of doing so.” www.equipmake.co.uk

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New parts distribution centre for Pelican as revenue rises by 70 per cent

PELICAN Bus & Coach is expanding its facilities with the opening of a new national parts distribution centre to support its growing bus and coach division. Located adjacent to J31/M62, close to Pelican’s existing facilities, the new 12,000 sq ft building has been fitted with two-level racking, enabling it to carry sufficient parts to support all types of Yutong buses and coaches in service, especially its electric bus fleet customers. The move coincides with the appointment of Sam Williams to the role of Yutong bus and coach parts operations manager. His role at Pelican is to optimise the stock holding and distribution function in order to maximise customer satisfaction and he will be visiting customers nationwide from September. Pelican has also reported a 70 per cent uplift in turnover to £73million for the year ending 31 March 2022 with the company benefitting from growth across all its business operations, including strong revenues at its DAF and MAN truck dealerships.

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It has seen fast-growing interest in its range of zero-emission electric coaches and buses from all sections of the industry. Richard Crump, managing director, Pelican, says: “After the disruption of the last two years, we are seeing all parts of the business recovering well and will be reinvesting our increased revenues in plant, resources and people to better support our customers into the future. “Despite being possibly the oldest commercial vehicle dealership in the country, we are at the forefront of introducing the very latest electric vehicle technology to the UK market. As well as the significant investment in our new showroom, we are also investing in our warehousing and parts distribution ahead of the 1,000th Yutong vehicle sale expected early next year.” Head of Pelican Yutong Bus Ian Downie adds: “In addition to the growth of our DAF and MAN truck dealerships, we’ve also seen sales of our zero-emission vehicle division gaining momentum as we partner with coach and bus

operators and local authorities nationwide. Since 2020, when we delivered our first Yutong zero-emission vehicles, we have grown our share to over 10 per cent of the UK market for allelectric passenger vehicles and become one of the largest suppliers nationally. “By the end of 2022, we will have increased our supply of zero emission single-deck buses further and will have a total of 240 vehicles in service, and we’re also focused on growing our range and services to the UK’s coach operators who have shown that they are keen to adopt the latest technology, adding greener and more efficient alternatives to their fleets. “As well as receiving orders from new customers, we are already seeing repeat orders from operators in England, Scotland and Wales who have trialled zero emission vehicles and seen the benefits, and we have a strong pipeline of orders going forward.” www.pelicanyutong.co.uk September 2022