Zenobé charges new Stagecoach ADL electrics
A novel charging method is being used to provide power for Stagecoach South’s nine new 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200EV electric buses.
The vehicles, set for use on the Guildford Park & Ride service, make use of battery charging infrastructure provided by Zenobé Energy. The charging technique sees an energy storage system installed at the operator’s Peasmarsh depot. Built by the UK-based Zenobé, this technology includes a system of batteries that are charged during the day by the existing grid infrastructure which then, in turn, charge the buses while they are parked overnight.
Steven Meersman, co-founder of Zenobé Energy Ltd. said: “We are excited about working with Stagecoach South on this project, the first of its kind for the UK. Our flexible battery solution demonstrates how existing infrastructure and batteries together can be rapidly installed and accelerate the cost-effective adoption of zero emission vehicles across the UK.”
The investment in electric buses, worth over £3m, is being called a first of its kind in the area.
Stagecoach worked in partnership with Surrey County Council to secure government funding from the green transport pot for the new electric bus fleet. The vehicles are claimed as having a range of up to 150 miles and have a capacity for up to 36 passengers and one wheelchair user. They have wifi, USB charging and high back ADL SmartSeats trimmed in two colour e-leather.
Edward Hodgson, MD for Stagecoach South, said: “This is such an exciting moment for us as we introduce the first fleet of fully electric buses for the south of England and this marks a huge step forward for greener travel in the Guildford area. Stagecoach is committed to improving air quality across the country and making bus travel the safest and cleanest travel option. Nearly 1m passenger journeys are made on Guildford’s Park & Ride service every year.
“As well as reducing congestion on Guildford’s main roads in and out of the town, the new fully-electric buses will replace existing diesel buses further improving air quality in Guildford.
“I hope that this latest news will encourage more people who are continuing to drive into the town centre, to try using the Guildford Park & Ride network. It’s so easy to Park & Ride and from just £1.40 per day it’s much cheaper than using a town centre car park. There are four conveniently located park & ride sites so from whichever direction you’re approaching Guildford, there’s a Park & Ride site near you.”
Stagecoach has been running the Guildford Park & Ride services since 2013.