The vehicles will be utilised for Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, and are fitted with dual doors and luggage racks. They will serve the Terminal car parks as well as provide transport for Heathrow colleagues. The vehicle specification is customer centric, with full electric air conditioning, high backed seats and LED lighting.
Pelican delivered the first Yutong coach into the UK in 2015. Since that delivery, Pelican have enhanced the product portfolio, and now offer 2 diesel and 2 electric coach offerings, as well as 6 electric buses, including single deck, double deck and airport products.
Ian Downie, Head of Yutong UK commented “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Transdev team to create a bespoke specification for their customers. We are delighted to work on such a prestigious contract that will seamlessly transport passengers to and from the airport, in smooth, quiet, zero emission comfort. It is fitting that the 1000th bus and coach delivered will be operated at the gateway of the UK”
Rebecca Mupita, Managing Director, Transdev Airport Services responded “We’re thrilled to be introducing the first zero-emission vehicles to our fleet, and in doing so provide an improved journey experience to customers and colleagues using our dedicated transfer services. Being the operator of Yutong UK’s 1000th vehicle is an extra bonus and is a great way to mark our successful partnership.”
Kap Jhuti, Heathrow’s Head of Services – Transport and Passenger Logistics, said: “Our journey to net zero involves looking again the entire airport operation – transitioning our bus fleet to zero emissions is another important step. We’ve committed to cut emissions on the ground by 45% by 2030, working with our partners on projects like this we will continue towards that goal.”