Glasgow Airport tests eCOBUS for moving passengers
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Glasgow Airport tests full-electric bus for moving passengers

05 Nov 2021 (Last Updated November 5th, 2021 12:01)

The bus has been built on a Mercedes Benz chassis with an aluminium body for durability.

Glasgow Airport tests full-electric bus for moving passengers
The new eCOBUS has been deployed to transfer delegates and support staff during the ongoing COP26 summit. Credit: Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Scotland’s Glasgow Airport (GLA) has commenced the testing of eCOBUS, a zero-emission bus to carry passengers between the terminal and aeroplanes parked at distant stands.

The new eCOBUS has been deployed to transfer delegates and support staff during the ongoing COP26 summit.

It has been manufactured on a Mercedes Benz chassis with an aluminium body for durability during Scottish weather settings.

This initiative is among the several projects that are being executed under the sustainability plan unveiled by AGS Airports.

AGS Airports owns Glasgow, Aberdeen (ABZ) and Southampton (SOU) airports.

The goal is to achieve the mid-2030 target for decarbonising the operations and infrastructure of the group.

In 2019, Glasgow Airport is said to have become the first UK airport to launch zero-emission electric buses, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses.

Replacing the current diesel-power vehicles on its long-stay car park course, these buses feature facilities for providing maximum ‘safety, comfort, performance and sustainability.’

The lithium batteries that can be charged in less than 50 minutes are placed on the roof, enabling maximum capacity for passengers inside the bus.

Additionally, it does not need extra costly temperature management.

Cobus Industries Germany chief executive Patricia Vasconcelos said: “The team of Cobus Industries, manufacturer of the Cobus airfield bus, is following this movement with large ambitions and high motivation to offer passengers the best possible comfort in our Cobus airfield bus and help our customers to drive their ambitious goals towards environmental protection, sustainability and future-oriented technologies on airports.”

All three AGS airports reached the carbon neutrality goal for emissions under the group’s control last year.

In 2020, Glasgow Airport doubled the pick-up and drop-off charges amidst unprecedented economic challenges triggered by the pandemic.