Stagecoach Group announced on Thursday that it has ordered a £5.2 million fleet of hybrid buses for Tayside.
The new vehicles, which produce up to 30 per cent less emissions than standard vehicles, will go into service in Tayside on the Tayway 73 service which links Arbroath, Broughty Ferry, Dundee and Ninewells Hospital.
The order for 18 hybrids will cost Stagecoach £3.8 million with the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund putting in a further £1.4 million.
Stagecoach Group has already invested in greener buses with around 300 hybrid vehicles and gas buses including a fleet of nine hybrid vehicles in Perth.
Stagecoach East Scotland managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “We are a leading investor in hybrid vehicles across Scotland and the UK and we’re pleased to be introducing these new vehicles for passengers in Tayside. Sustainability is at the heart of our business and we believe that, by investing in new cleaner, greener vehicles we can continue to attract more people on to our bus services to help reduce pollution and congestion in our towns and cities.”
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “I would like to congratulate the successful bidders of this year’s Scottish Green Bus Fund which encourages the purchase of low carbon vehicles.”