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Scotland's First 100% Electric Rural Bus Fleet Comes to Kilmarnock

We're on the road to a cleaner, greener bus fleet in Scotland

Earlier this year, Stagecoach West Scotland launched the UK's first fleet of six fully electric buses serving rural communities between Kilmarnock, Hurlford, Galston, Darvel, Newmilns and Priestland. 

In partnership with SP Energy Networks, the all-electric buses will help to reduce Scotland's overall CO2 emissions, contribute to the country's Net Zero strategy and improve air quality in our towns and villages. 

Traditionally electric buses have only ever been used on urban (town and city) routes, together with SP Energy Networks, we're ensuring that no community is left behind in the road to Net Zero. 

Did you know? 

  • Using opportunity charging a full day's service with a daily distance of up to 270 miles will be covered per vehicle. 
  • The buses were built by Volvo and will benefit from opportunity charging of 300KW. 
  • Around 680 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be saved annually. 
  • Customers on board will have a smoother and quieter experience while travelling. 

  

What is opportunity charging we hear you ask? 

  • Our buses don't need to drive back to the depot each time they need to recharge. 
  • The introduction of Scotland's first 'pantograph' charging point at Kilmarnock bus station provides on-route charging. 
  • Fast charging points use innovative wireless technology through special connectors built into the roof. 

  

Onboard benefits 

  • Each bus has USB charging points throughout 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Interior LED lights and low noise 
  • Contactless up to £45 
  • Next stop notice (coming soon) 

Read more about our launch at Kilmarnock Football Club here