A project to repower and convert 18 Volvo diesel buses to electric. Kleanbus has announced a pilot project with bus operator Lothian (Edinburgh) to repower and convert 18 of its existing diesel vehicles to electric.

The partnership with Kleanbus marks an important step forward in the operator’s commitment to sustainability, following the recent publication of its “Driving toward Net Zero” environmental strategy, which outlined Lothian Buses’ goal of having a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035.

The decision to repower, as well as replace, is an option for operators to recycle their existing fleets, avoiding the purchase of new buses while avoiding scrapping. Repowering also extends the life of buses, which can remain in operation for many years to come.

Joe Tighe, Co-founder, and CEO of Kleanbus, commented: “The need for zero-emission buses from operators is reaching critical levels. In identifying the huge potential of repowering its existing buses with our state-of-the-art electric powertrain, Lothian is setting a leading example with this groundbreaking initiative. Our technology is an ideal solution for quick, cost-effective, and optimum use of resources. Upcycling is the most environmentally friendly solution to transform a current diesel fleet as it avoids unnecessary scrappage. We are delighted to be supporting Lothian Buses’ work on converting the first bus to aid its industry-leading net zero strategy.”

Colin Barnes, Engineering Director, Lothian said: “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Kleanbus on this initiative, marking an exciting next chapter in Lothian’s journey to reduce emissions and achieve our net zero goals. Repowering has a vital role to play in our Driving towards Net Zero strategy as we transition to an all-zero emission fleet. Lothian is committed to bolstering the efforts of the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council to enhance local air quality. Working with Kleanbus to upcycle current diesel buses to electric helps us to accelerate our transition to a more environmentally friendly transportation network at pace and accelerate our net zero plan.”


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