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First Bus drives electrical revolution in Glasgow transport

First Glasgow have rolled out two all-electric buses as it becomes the city’s first commercial bus operator to introduce state-of-the-art fully electric vehicles since the 1960s, following funding from electricity distributor SP Energy Networks.

The new buses are a statement of intent for First Glasgow, as it joins the electric revolution to help meet a bold target of net zero emissions by 2030. The new vehicles will be going on the M3 route, which connects communities in Milton and Springburn with Stobhill Hospital and the city centre.

The electric buses are being funded by part of SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund, which supports Glasgow’s mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city by 2030. It also contributes to the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to meet climate change targets, boost local economic growth, improve air quality across the country and deliver a better future, quicker for our communities.

As part of the SP Energy Networks funding deal, First Glasgow will also introduce 22 electric vehicle charging points in its Glasgow Caledonia Depot, which will ultimately allow more electric buses to be introduced by the company into Glasgow’s transport network in the future.

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Glasgow, said, “We are delighted to launch the city’s first conversion of a commercial bus service to fully electric operation. The whole team at First Glasgow are thrilled to be teamed up with SP Energy Networks in order to bring these state-of-the-art zero emission vehicles to the people of Glasgow and the M3 route.”

Meanwhile First Glasgow with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is offering a behind the scenes access event at Britain’s largest bus depot on 12 February.

A return journey to the event will be provided from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce building on the day. Guests will also hear a talk from a Glasgow Warriors player on lessons to be learnt from sport and taken into business.

A guided tour of First Glasgow’s Caledonia depot, which operates over 850 buses and employs over 2000 staff, will follow on from an exclusive first look at the trailer of First Glasgow’s new fly on the wall documentary. Attendees will receive information on how employees can help staff benefit from discounted travel via the Commuter Travel Club, and a First Bus goody bag.

To book your space, click here


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