Glasgow Airport takes off with electric shuttle bus fleet

Glasgow Airport has become the first in the UK to switch its official long-stay car park shuttle buses to zero-emission electric mobility, after switching to BYD ADL Enviro200EV battery buses.

The buses are operated by NCP on behalf of the airport and replace three existing diesel buses. The 100% emissions-free, pure-electric buses and charging infrastructure have been supplied by Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) and its partner, battery technology and electric bus manufacturer BYD. Their introduction has been supported by Transport Scotland with a £450,000 Green Bus Fund grant.

Glasgow Airport’s BYD ADL Enviro200EVs combine BYD’s reliable electric driveline and battery technology with ADL bodies adapted to the requirements of airport operation. They are 10.8m long and fitted with two doors, have three-tier luggage racking in addition to 23 seats. A wheelchair space is provided opposite the rear doors.

Charging infrastructure for the buses has been installed at their operating base in the airport’s long stay car park. ADL, BYD and the partnership’s utilities partner conducted a site survey to ensure that the installation and commissioning process was smooth and quick.

“We are proud to be the first airport in the UK to incorporate a full-electric bus fleet into our car park operation,” said Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s managing director. “These state-of-the-art vehicles will play an important role in supporting our continued efforts to create a more sustainable business and will contribute significantly to help further reduce carbon emissions locally at Glasgow Airport.

“The environmental benefits and considerable cost reductions associated with the introduction of these electric vehicles was very attractive. Moving to a full-electric bus operation cuts the carbon emissions associated with passenger travel to and from our car park from 143 tonnes per year to zero, and this significant reduction is further supported by the fact that the airport’s electricity is also supplied via renewable energy.”

Colin Robertson, ADL’s chief executive, added: “Glasgow Airport’s decision to electrify its official car park shuttles shows that battery buses have an important role to play at airports. We are delighted to have used our expertise in adapting buses to specific operational requirements on these environmentally-friendly vehicles.”

Frank Thorpe, BYD UK’s managing director, said: “Electric mobility is proven to be both safe and reliable. Electric mobility provides the ideal solution to a wide range of passenger transport requirements with benefits for local authorities, operators, passengers and, of course, the environment.”

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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