A Dundee bus firm has unveiled a £4 million fleet of new vehicles that it hopes will be a breath of fresh air to locals.
Xplore Dundee’s 14 low-emission “Emerald” buses, as the firm calls them, are double deckers built by Falkirk manufacturers Alexander Dennis Ltd.
As well as packing modern tech such as free wifi, USB charging and “next stop” announcements, the buses come with low-pollutant hybrid engines that emit fewer greenhouse gases.
The new vehicles were showcased at Discovery Point by Xplore’s new managing director Christine McGlasson to mark Clean Air Day.
Ms McGlasson said the buses would be on the streets by the autumn.
“We take our role in recognising and reducing our city’s air quality issues very seriously,” she said.
“We are therefore actively embracing clean technology in our fleet because we want to run buses that are green inside and out. This is our message on Clean Air Day 2018 as we look to the future: buses are not part of the problem – they are the solution to pollution.”
Dundee is one of several Scottish cities that will introduce Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in the near future.
LEZs will prevent older vehicles that do not meet strict emissions standards from entering certain parts of the city, in order to improve air quality and people’s health in the process.
Health Secretary and Dundee East MSP Shona Robison and Dundee City Council’s city development convener Lynne Short were also at Discovery Point today.
Ms Robison said: “This is a great boost to Dundee’s environmental credentials and will help to make our city greener.”
Ms Short added: “Everyone benefits from better air quality but it is also everyone’s responsibility to think about their individual or corporate contribution and having a national Clean Air Day helps to do that in a very specific way.”
Xplore plans to deploy most of its new vehicles on the service 22 route, which uses the city’s Seagate – one of Scotland’s pollution hotspots, according to air quality studies.
It’s the latest step undertaken in Dundee to reduce vehicle emissions.
The council already offers perks to electric vehicle owners, while European funding secured 12 hydrogen buses for city fleets in March.