Scottish Govt launches second phase of zero-emission bus fund

The Scottish Government has launched the second phase of the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), with up to £58 million available.

Introduced in 2021, ScotZEB replaced previous funding streams to finance zero emission buses and infrastructure. The second phase expands eligibility to coaches and community transport providers. By asking operators, financiers, manufacturers and others to collaborate, the second phase of ScotZEB seeks to rapidly accelerate the adoption of zero-emission buses.

Minister for Transport, Kevin Stewart, said of the second round: “I will continue to challenge the bus and finance sectors to deliver excellence for Scotland and by launching ScotZEB 2, I hope to see truly transformational, collaborative change in the bus market towards a zero-emission future.”

Stewart launched ScotZEB 2 at Scottish bus manufacturing company, Alexander Dennis. Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis President and Managing Director said: “As a proud member of the Bus Decarbonisation Taskforce, we have stepped up to the mark and delivered on the ask to create a small electric bus with our Enviro100EV.

“We are committed to supporting the just transition of decarbonising transport and funding from ScotZEB will be a welcome support for the jobs the industry offers in our communities as it benefits us and other Scottish suppliers.”

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