McGill’s to go battery electric with substantial order from Pelican Yutong

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McGill’s, the largest independently-owned bus operator in the UK, has placed a substantial EV bus order with Pelican Yutong.

The vehicle order of 22 Yutong E12 battery electric buses fitted with 422kWh batteries will be delivered in Q3 2021. McGill’s significant investment is aided by the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme.

Ralph Roberts, McGill’s CEO said: “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.”