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Mellor delivers new electric fleet for Glasgow community transport

11 March 2020 #Bus and Coach #News #TNB News

Community Transport Glasgow (CTG) has taken delivery of five Mellor Orion E fully-electric, zero-emission, low-floor small buses.

The order forms part of the operator’s strategy to go fully electric and is in line with Glasgow City Council’s overall ambition to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city.

CTG is a charity committed to providing high quality, accessible, door-to-door transport to vulnerable individuals and groups throughout the city, transporting 75,000 passengers each year.The Mellor Orion E was first launched in 2017, with an enhanced model introduced last year. It is the world’s first completely electric, low-floor small bus designed to operate effectively in both the commercial bus market and with parallel services, such as welfare and dial-a-ride demand-responsive services.

Graham Dunn for Community Transport Glasgow, said, “We decided two years ago that the time had come to take the plunge and start integrating electric vehicles into our fleet with a view to being all-electric by the end of 2020.

“At the time our fleet was made of old diesel minibuses, some with more than 300,000 miles on the clock and with the advent of the Glasgow low emission zone, we needed to take action. We sought funding which was provided from Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) through the Green Economy Fund to initiate the change. This is already transforming our organisation and the services we provide to our passengers.

“Our first Orion E entered service last December and we will have all five delivered by the end of February. It is great to see these exciting new buses which operate on the latest electric technology as part of our fleet. They will make a massive contribution to improving air quality in the city as well as contributing to Glasgow’s ambition to be carbon neutral ahead of 2030.”

John Randerson, managing director for Mellor Bus, added, “As a city Glasgow has really ‘thrown down the gauntlet’ as part of its drive to achieve carbon neutrality before many other UK cities and at Mellor, we are pleased and proud to be supplying electric buses that will form such an important part of this strategy. ”

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