Seven million miles for McGills ZE fleet

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The McGill’s fleet of Yutong and Alexander Dennis electric buses has clocked up over 7m miles in service. JONATHAN WELCH

McGill’s Bus Group says that its zero-emission buses have travelled a total of 7 million miles since first entering service. The operator has over 110 zero-emission buses on the road in Scotland roads and says it has the largest proportion of electric buses in its fleet of any Scottish operator, with a total investment of £55million across its fleet and the associated supporting infrastructure.

The company says that its latest milestone means the fleet has saved 7,889 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere, as well as helping to enhance and improve the passenger experience.

The company has also made substantial infrastructure upgrades at four of its depots to enable charging and maintenance of the electric fleet. Group Managing Director of McGill’s Alex Hornby said: “Hitting the seven-million mile mark is an amazing achievement and has helped towards cutting congestion on roads, and reducing emissions – our buses are setting the example to other road users right across Scotland and helping government meet decarbonisation targets.

“Our massive investment in zero-emission buses means that we are far exceeding local LEZ standards and tackling the wider climate crisis. Our teams worked exceptionally hard to introduce and deliver our 100-plus strong electric fleet day in and day out, meaning we are continually contributing to cleaner air to our communities, as well as an improved, smoother, quieter journey experience each time to our growing number of customers too.”

McGill’s is well known for its Yutong fleet, but also operates Enviro400EVs inherited from National Express when it bought Xplore Dundee. RICHARD WALTER