The UK’s first all-electric coach service is set to run from next month, transporting passengers between Dundee and Edinburgh.
The Scottish service, provided by startup Ember, will see two all-electric coaches make the 125-mile roundtrip on a single charge, with the journey set to take just over 90 minutes one way.
Ember will start operating the route between Dundee and Edinburgh from 1 October with two coaches, running eight trips a day between the Scottish cities. These are the first electric coaches in the UK to be used on a public service.
The coaches will run throughout the day, stopping briefly at Dundee for “top-up” charges between shifts. They will be also be charged through the night to start the day with a full charge.
The UK’s first 100% electric intercity coach service is also understood to be one of the first services of its kind in the world.
Ember aims to use this initial two-coach pilot to prove that the technology, operational capacity and demand for electric coach travel is viable.
The launch has been supported by Dundee City Council from the outset, as part of its mission to decarbonise transport in the city. It has assisted in providing a brand new ultra-fast charging point in the city centre, allowing Ember to charge its coaches efficiently when they are turned around.
Pierce Glennie, co-founder at Ember, said: “Building our technology from the ground up means we are optimising everything around a fully electric fleet, allowing us to offer lower prices and a better service, all with zero emissions. We’re hoping to give passengers a taste of the future and show them that unreliable, shaky coaches are a thing of the past.”
Ember plans to open up further routes in the future and continue to be a trailblazer in the sector.
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