UK’s first intercity, all-electric coach service expands

14 new vehicles will significantly expand the fleet following upgraded passenger capacity.

Launched in 2020, Ember runs service between Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, and Kinross. Four years into operations, the company has grown significantly thanks to a £5.6million loan from Triodos Bank, with support from Transport for Scotland. 

The total fleet size has now grown to 38 vehicles. Each can seat up to 53 passengers, has tripled luggage capacity since the company began operations, and comes with 5G WiFi access on board. EmberOS, a dedicated mapping app, offers real-time route information during the journey. 

‘Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy is an important objective for us as a bank and to work with a pioneering company in the electrification of transport is an ideal fit for us,’ said Norrie Cruickshank, Senior Relationship Manager at Triodos Bank UK. ‘We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide further support as Ember continues to expand its provision of high quality, affordable zero-emission transport to a greater number of passengers across more locations.’

‘Triodos have been with us from the very start of Ember and have adapted their approach as we’ve scaled the business, taking a deeper look into our long-term plans, and understanding what financial backing they could provide to support each phase,’ added Keith Bradbury, co-founder at Ember. ‘Whilst many banks say they are supporting green projects, Triodos stand out from the crowd with their ability to look at a project’s merits from first principles to understand the true impact it can deliver.’

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Image: Alessandro Ambrosetti 


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