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07 Oct 2017

WRIGHT ELECTRIC BUSES FOR EDINBURGH

WRIGHT ELECTRIC BUSES FOR EDINBURGH Edinburgh bus operator Lothian Buses has put its first electric buses into service. The operator ordered six Street Air buses from Wrightbus for £2·7m. These are fitted with 300 kWh batteries that will be charged overnight. It takes 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the batteries.

The buses have capacity for 70 passengers and are equipped with wi-fi, USB charging points, LED lighting and regenerative braking that feeds braking energy back into the batteries.


The operator plans to introduce five more electric buses on Service 1 next year, which would enable it to run a fully electric service on one of its routes. This forms part of Lothian Buses’ goal to reduce its emissions footprint by 42% by 2020.