Formula 1 technology to drive new buses for First Scotland East

8 July 2014  •  Author(s): First Scotland East

Local bus operator, First Scotland East, said today that passengers are set to benefit from brand new, state of the art buses with unique Formula 1 technology.

First Scotland East bus

Each new vehicle is fitted with the latest energy saving technology including a braking power system similar to that used on Formula 1 racing cars

First has invested more than £4.3m in 27 Micro-Hybrid vehicles, one of the world’s most fuel efficient buses, which come equipped with leather seats, free wifi for customers and extra room for wheelchairs and passengers with buggies.

Each new vehicle is fitted with the latest energy saving technology including a braking power system similar to that used on Formula 1 racing cars, which re-uses energy to power other parts of the bus. The Micro-Hybrid buses are also lighter than a conventional single deck bus and, together with advanced engine technology, are around 30% more fuel efficient.

First said today that 18 new buses will operate from its Livingston depot and nine new buses will enter the Falkirk network.  Passengers can expect to hop on board the new vehicles in August and September.  First will reveal which routes the new buses are to operate on later in the Summer.

“Our £4.3m investment in 27 new vehicles is great news for our customers,” said Managing Director of First Scotland East, Paul McGowan.  “Customers will benefit from an improved service – their journey will be more pleasant, comfortable, smoother and passengers will be able to keep connected whilst on the move with our free wifi.  

“My main goal at First Scotland East is to encourage more people to use our buses and to use them more often.  Our investment in these vehicles shows just how committed we are to improving our services, providing better journeys and attracting new and infrequent bus users.

He continued: “I’m delighted too that our fantastic team will have the opportunity to work with these new buses.  Micro-Hybrids are one of the most fuel efficient buses in the world and we will be one of the first companies to take delivery of them.  Our drivers and engineering staff can’t wait to get them on the road.”

All First’s new buses will be fitted with EURO V engines and will feature wi-fi and leather seats as standard.  

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