Mellor helps drive ground-breaking HALO project with zero-emissions Orion E bus

The HALO Kilmarnock, one of the most environmentally friendly urban renewal developments in the UK, has completed the purchase of a fully electric Mellor Orion E bus, with the help of a Green Economy Fund grant from SP Energy Networks. 

The low-floor electric bus will provide zero-emissions transport for visitors to the state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot HEIC in Kilmarnock, within the 23-acre HALO Digital and Cyber Innovation Park.

With a vision for a commercial, educational, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can ‘Live, Work, Learn and Play’, The HALO is setting the standard for low carbon energy sites in the UK, providing a blueprint for sustainable communities powered by renewable energy. 

The HALO has invested almost £1.5million in cutting edge low carbon technology, including over 100 rooftop solar panels, a solar carport and 12 fast-charging electric vehicle chargers. It also features 10 zero emissions e-bikes and chargers, two electric cars, a world-class battery storage facility and 12 fast-charging electric vehicle chargers alongside the Mellor Orion E bus.

The Mellor Orion E is the world’s first small, low-floor, zero-emissions bus. Boasting an impressive 160km of range and taking just 4.25 hours to reach full charge, the 16 person-capacity bus employs the latest in electric motor and drivetrain technology.

The HALO Kilmarnock is a £63m brownfield urban regeneration project on a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky. The project received grant funding with £3.5 million from the UK Government, £3.5 million from the Scottish Government, and £2 million from East Ayrshire Council as part of the £251.5 million Ayrshire Growth Deal – a ten-year investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments and local authorities. Diageo, who owned the land occupied by the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, gifted 23 acres of land to the HALO and has invested £2m in the project to help create a community regeneration development for Kilmarnock.

Marie Macklin CBE, Founder and Executive Chair at the HALO Urban Regeneration Company, said, “The Mellor Orion E aligns perfectly with our vision of a sustainable community powered by renewable energy. At The HALO Kilmarnock, we are leading the way in the development of low carbon energy sites across the UK, and entrepreneurs and other visitors to the HEIC can be safe in the knowledge that this mode of transport is helping to support our efforts to harness renewable energy in place of fossil-fuelled power right across the development.”

For more information about the full range of buses available from Mellor, visit www.mellorbus.com

About SP Energy Networks: 

As a distribution and transmission network operator SP Energy Networks (SPEN) keeps electricity flowing to over 6m customers across 3.5m homes and businesses throughout Central & Southern Scotland and Merseyside, Cheshire, North & Mid-Wales and North Shropshire. We do this through our network of over 110,000km of power cables and 30,000 substations across our licence areas and we are investing approximately £7 billion into the electricity network to create a better future, quicker for our customers and communities.

About Green Economy Fund:

– The Green Economy Fund is a way of SP Energy Networks investing in the communities that it serves to support the Scottish and the UK Government’s energy ambitions.

– SP Energy Networks have committed to voluntarily contribute up to £20m over a two-year period to support initiatives that will benefit the people of Scotland and support Scotland’s ambitious green energy plans and local economic growth.

– The fund aims to: build the infrastructure and the learnings needed for the changes in heating and transport expected over the next decade; stimulate economic activity and create jobs in Scotland; support the Scottish Government’s ambitious energy strategy and the UK’s drive to a low carbon economy; work with specific communities within our operational area in Scotland, supporting both rural and urban areas in particular that suffer from fuel poverty; and provide access to funding for projects that may ordinarily struggle to obtain funding.

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