First completes UK’s largest rapid-charging centre

First Bus has completed the transformation of its Caledonian depot in Glasgow into the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) rapid-charging centre.

The depot has had 160 rapid-charging points installed over the last nine months, supporting First Bus’s ambition to be emission-free by 2035.

The operator is trialling the use of its charging infrastructure to third-party businesses during the day when its buses are out on service.

First Bus now plans to expand the depot further, in partnership with Ofgem and Scottish Power Energy Networks, with the construction of a new substation. This should supply enough power to host an additional 200 vehicles and charging points and will see Caledonia depot home to a total capacity of 350 charging points once built.

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