Athlone electric bus service receives Sustainable Business Award

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The Athlone electric town service is operated by 11 recent BYD ADL Enviro200EVs. BUS ÉIREANN/NAOISE CULHANE

Bus Éireann says it is delighted that its Athlone electric town service project won two awards at this year’s PwC Business Post Sustainable Business Awards. The project was successful in the Sustainable Project: Transport award category as well as winning the overall top Grand Prix award, competing against other category winners such as An Post and Bank of America.

The Athlone electric town service was launched in January following the investment of €10 million by Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA). More than 540,000km are operated by buses on the town service annually, with more than 10,000 passenger journeys every week. Bus Éireann commended the hard work and commitment of its drivers, cross functional team and engineering department to facilitate the transition to a fully electric fleet.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer at Bus Éireann Rory Leahy said “Bus Éireann is delighted to have our project, Ireland’s first all-electric town service in Athlone, recognised and celebrated as the top award winner. Since the project’s launch in January 2023 the 11 electric buses have collectively completed over 140,000 emission free kilometres. They are providing a quieter, cleaner service and a more pleasant journey for passengers and drivers, and positively affecting Athlone town centre in terms of noise and air quality.”