Zero emission vehicle specialist chosen to supply fleet of buses

Pelican Engineering has been awarded a contract to supply eight all-electric, zero emission buses by Carmarthenshire County Council.

The eight E12 Yutong zero emission vehicles are destined for use on the TrawsCymru route from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth.

The electric buses will be fully commissioned and completed at Pelican in Castleford, a third-generation family business which employs 160 people.

Charging infrastructure is already in progress, and the vehicles will be the first electric buses in the UK capable of charging at 240kWs per hour, allowing rapid recharging.

Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK, said: “We are thrilled to have been successfully awarded this prestigious contract by Carmarthenshire County Council.

“The specification that they have stipulated will be unique within the UK and takes passenger comfort levels to the next level. These quiet, zero emission buses will be making a significant impact to air quality in South West Wales.”

Stephen Pilliner, head of transportation and highways at Carmarthenshire County Council, added: “The Ultra Low emission buses will be used on the TrawsCymru Carmarthen to Aberystwyth services and will provide passengers with a modern service that will decarbonise transport and provide an attractive public transport option for customers.”

Family-owned Pelican Engineering was established in 1919 and is continuing to gain market share in the growing zero-emission passenger vehicle market.

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