Big Bus Tours expands electric bus fleet

Big Bus Tours expands electric bus fleet

Firm en route to greener future

Open-top bus sightseeing company Big Bus Tours has announced it will introduce a further 40 electric buses to its fleet by Summer 2024.

This electric vehicle (EV) expansion is made up of 20 brand new Ankai electric buses being introduced to Paris and Vienna, and 20 retrofit electric buses in London, through the conversion of 20 of the existing fleet. 

The 100% electric vehicles will be in operation this summer, bringing the total electric fleet to 51 (just over 10% of Big Bus Tours’ global fleet). 

The buses feature an updated livery, which Big Bus Tours has said highlights its commitment to being "en route to a greener future.”

"We are thrilled to welcome these new electric buses as part of our investment in sustainability." said Pat Waterman, Executive Chairman of Big Bus Tours. 

"This EV expansion is a major step forward in reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the tour experience for our customers. 

"I look forward to seeing our guests enjoy these environmentally-friendly tours in our fantastic cities." 

In addition to expanding our electric fleet, the Big Bus Tours' Sustainability Team has been actively engaged in several other company-wide initiatives, including:

The group has also made an investment in Electric Vehicles across other areas of the Big Bus Group, including the arrival of an Electric Duck in Singapore later this year. 

It's also been collaborating with suppliers to build eco-friendly practices to minimise the carbon footprint of operations. 

Big Bus has recently introduced headphones that use 35% less carbon, and are distributed in 100% biodegradable packaging.

It's been using technology for sustainability practice too by reconfiguring tour routes in a way that both enhances customer experience and reduces carbon emissions, with a significant reduction achieved since 2019.

It has used new technologies to reduce carbon emissions, including battery optimisation, renewable energy integration, and the use of sustainable materials.

"Our sustainability journey is not just about reducing our environmental impact today, it's about shaping a better future for generations to come," said Herman Wa, group sustainability manager of Big Bus Tours. 

"We believe that every step we take today, big and small, contributes to a more environmentally friendly tomorrow."