McGill’s, the largest independently owned bus operator in the UK, has responded to the air quality and climate crisis by placing a substantial electric bus order with Pelican – Yutong.
The vehicle order of 22 Yutong E12 battery electric buses fitted with best-in-class 422kWh batteries, will be delivered in Q3 2021.
Operating in Glasgow and Dundee, McGill’s significant investment is aided by the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme.
Ralph Roberts, McGill’s CEO, says: “After careful evaluation of the full-size EV bus products available, we opted for the Yutong E12 which matched our need for a quality product with a long and reliable service life.
“Operating range is critical in a battery-powered bus and the Yutong EV fulfils our arduous duty cycles.
“Customer and driver comfort is at the forefront of our specification and we are confident that bus users will enjoy the silence and comfort, safe in the knowledge that their already low emission journeys are now zero emission at the point of use.
“This is the start of our zero-emission journey and our aim is that we will phase out clean diesel purchases where possible in favour of EV or hydrogen.”
Ian Downie, Head of Yutong Bus UK says: “We are absolutely delighted that one of the premier operators in Scotland, McGill’s, have started its zero-emission journey with Yutong and Pelican.
“Pelican isable to offer zero-emission buses and coaches from Yutong, and with over 117,700 Yutong electric vehicles in service around the world, these are the tried and tested, market leading product.
“We are committed to providing the very best in class vehicle, with fast DC charging and air conditioning fitted as standard.
“The vehicles will be fully commissioned and completed in the UK by the team at Pelican.”