More electric buses for McGill’s in £15m order

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McGill’s has ordered a further 33 Yutong electric buses from Pelican. McGILL’S

In its latest order, McGill’s has announced a further 33 new electric buses which have been ordered from Pelican Yutong, in addition to a £17.5million investment announced last month for 22 Yutong E12s and 12 BYD ADL double-deck buses and 1 single-decker. In addition, McGill’s has also ordered further electrical charging infrastructure for its depot in Inchinnan.

McGill’s investment is aided by the Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme, and the buses and infrastructure are scheduled to be delivered in the second half of this year, in advance of the COP26 conference. The operator said it is also in advanced talks with ‘a variety of partners’ to bring 12 hydrogen buses into the business in the next 12 months.

James Easdale, Co-owner and Chairman of McGill’s Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be making this further investment which will bring our total fleet of all-electric vehicles in the west of Scotland and Dundee to 68. Notably, these will be delivered before COP26, significantly in advance of other operators who have placed orders. We have a strong record of investment in McGill’s and this will continue in years to come.”

Ralph Roberts, Chief Executive of McGill’s Group, added: “The introduction of these additional vehicles into our Renfrewshire and Glasgow networks will bring a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, at over 2 billion grams every year.

“Having explored the products available on the market, I am confident that increasing the order with Pelican Yutong will allow us to meet our stringent targets. The enhanced passenger features, with air conditioning and USB charging, coupled with a whisper quiet journey will bring a new level of passenger experience.”

Co-owner of McGill’ Group Sandy Easdale said: “McGill’s is fully committed to playing our part in creating a clean and sustainable public transport system to ensure more people see buses as a great alternative to taking the car. This can help reduce congestion and emissions whilst tackling climate change. We led the charge on introducing clean diesel Euro VI fleet and by the end of 2021, the McGill’s Group will operate more electric buses than any other operator in Scotland.”