Happy first birthday to Lothian Buses’ ‘greener’ £5 million hybrid bus fleet

Posted: 11 September 2012 | 3x1 Public Relations | No comments yet

Scotland’s first double-decker hybrid fleet has been serving Edinburgh for one year on September 11…

Lothian Buses Hybrid Bus

A year after introducing 15 ‘greener’ double-decker buses to its fleet, Lothian Buses today September 11 confirmed the state-of-the-art hybrid buses have saved over 600 Tonnes in CO2 emissions and an estimated £200k in running costs.

Lothian Buses Hybrid BusThe 15 hybrid buses were introduced to the capital after an investment of £5 million, which included £1 million from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund.

Over 40% of Lothian Buses’ fleet now deliver at least the current minimum emission standards, including the 15 Enviro 400 hybrid double-decker electric-diesel buses that serve the Service 10 route from Western Harbour to Torphin.

Dr Steve Johnson, Environmental and CSR Manager at Lothian Buses said: “As a company we are very pleased with the fuel efficiency savings being seen with our hybrid buses. Savings in fuel efficiency of over 55% compared to the buses they replaced mean that we as a company are taking our responsibility to help Scotland meet its carbon reduction targets very seriously.”

The award winning bus operator plans to continue to set the standard for greener public transport in Scotland. A further ten hybrid buses will likely be introduced to the fleet in early 2013.

The hybrid buses are manufactured by Falkirk-based bus and coach builders, Alexander Dennis Limited.

Ian Craig, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “As a company we are always looking for ways to offer greener and more sustainable travel. We are pleased to mark the first anniversary of the first 15 hybrid buses underlining our continued commitment and investment to combat air pollution and to offer our passengers a low-carbon public transport option.

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