UK bus supplier Pelican Engineering has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the first £50m phase of a new Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).

The fund replaces previous funding streams and is designed to encourage the market to implement new and innovative ways to finance and deploy zero emission buses.

ScotZEB builds on the success of the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS) which has enabled bus operators to order a total of 61 zero emission urban buses and inter urban  buses from Pelican over two funding rounds awarded in September 2020 and March 2021. 

Pelican has already commenced deliveries of these vehicles into Scotland, with the whole fleet expected to be in operation by September. 

Ian Downie, Head of Pelican Yutong, said; “The new phase of the ScotZEB fund is critical to delivering more zero emission fleets of the world’s leading passenger EV vehicles. The 61 new vehicles for Scotland are fitted with market leading battery capacity and, therefore, driving range, supplemented with lower running costs and unrivalled warranty as standard.

“Passengers of the new vehicles will also appreciate the full air conditioning as well the quiet and smooth operation, so passengers benefit as well as operators, and the environment.”

Picture shows (L to R): Richard Crump, managing director of Pelican Engineering; Sandy Easdale, co-owner of McGill’s Group; Ralph Roberts, CEO of McGill’s Group; James Easdale, co-owner of McGill’s Group; and Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK at Pelican