Lothian Bus Confirms £24M Order for Electric Buses

Sunak Waters Down Climate Pledge with ICE Ban Push Back

  • ICE vehicles to remain on sale until 2035
  • Apparently we will still be on target for Net Zero by 2050
  • Estimates say the delay will add 10M additional tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere.
  • Lisa Brankin, Chair of Ford UK said, ‘Our business needs three things from the UK government: ambition, commitment and consistency.  A relaxation of 2030 would undermine all three.’
  • Charge UK said ‘Today’s extremely worrying news is not consistent with economic stability or confidence. It will compromise the entire industry, and place jobs and consumer and investor confidence at risk.’
  • Patrick Reich, CEO of Bonnet added ‘“It would be very disappointing to see the UK lower its ambition just as businesses are investing huge sums and consumers beginning to switch in great numbers to electric vehicles. The mixed messaging from the government is very unhelpful for all and risks pushing global investors away from the UK. We would encourage the Prime Minister in his speech to provide as much certainty as possible, as a lack of clarity helps nobody. We remain committed to making the journey to EVs as easy as possible for drivers across Europe.”’

Lothian Bus Confirms £24M Order for EV Buses

  • Lothian Buses has confirmed an order for 50 new double-decker buses to service passengers in Edinburgh.
  • The order is worth £24,000,000 meaning each bus costs £480,000!
  • The order is for 50 Volvo BZL electric double-decker buses. Key figures
    – 200kW motor (272bhp)
    – 14,013 lb/ft torque!
    – 2 speed automated manual gearbox
    – Lithium Ion Battery of up to 470kWh.
    – 300km range
    – 150kW CCS Rapid Charging
  • Bodies to be built by MCV.
  • 2 Axle chassis. 70 seats. 1 staircase.
  • Features mirror cam.
  • Lothian to install their own charging stations. A full charge takes approx 4 hours.

The UK’s Most Stollen EVs.

  • Leasing Options FOI request reveals top 10 most stolen EVs.
  • Nissan Leaf tops the list with 39% of all EVs stolen being a Leaf.
  • The closely related Renault Zoe comes third with the highly desirable Tesla Model S second in the theft stakes.
  • Nissan Leaf – 188 Stolen in 5 years. 49 Stolen in 2023 YTD.
  • Tesla Model S – 61 5yr, 6 2023
  • Renault Zoe – 46 5 yr, 8 2023
  • Audi e-Tron – 24 5yr 8 2023
  • VW ID.3 – 20 5yr 5 2023
  • MG MG5 – 18 5yr 11 2023
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 14 5yr 13 2023
  • Tesla Model 3 – 14 5yr 4 2023
  • BMW iX – 10 5yr 6 2023
  • Audi Q4 e-Tron – 9 5yr 7 2023

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