Driving bus decarbonisation through SP Energy’s partnership with First Bus
SP Energy took a trip to First Bus Caledonia Depot to see the impact of Glasgow’s first electric buses, which they funded through their Green Economy Fund in 2020.
The electric buses have been fully funded as part of the £20million Green Economy Fund to support Glasgow’s mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city by 2030, while boosting the local economic growth and improving air quality. The award allowed for the purchase and operation of the first single decker electric buses in Glasgow whilst also future proofing First Bus depot with electric bus chargers to allow more electric buses to be introduced into Glasgow’s transport network in the future.
First Bus was the city’s first commercial bus operator to introduce fully electric vehicles with routes across the city. Since the launch, the buses have been driving cleaner air for the city by saving 2kg of CO2 per customer journey.
Duncan Cameron, Managing Director of First Bus Scotland, said: “Introducing Glasgow’s first electric buses was a historic moment for the city on its journey to reducing carbon emissions. SP Energy Networks’ funding has enabled us to deliver a successful trial of electric buses. Learnings from this project have played a pivotal role in accelerating our decarbonisation journey and helping us improve air quality across Glasgow as we continue towards our target of a fully zero-emission fleet by 2035.”