Zenobe Energy has announced it is working with Abellio to bring the operator’s 34-strong Caetano electric fleet to London’s streets.
The collaboration is the first example of the ‘battery on the bus’ scheme being used in the capital, and means that Zenobe will own and operate the batteries on the bus, run and maintain the charging infrastructure at the depot and fund the remainder of the buses for Abellio.
This is the first EV financing project in the city for Zenobe since the company announced its £120m partnership funding in May, with an aim to facilitate the electrification of transport fleets and the potential to double the number of electric vehicles on UK roads.
This is the third EV project announced by the battery operator, with other schemes commissioned in Guildford and in build at Newport.
Zenobe’s financing, working alongside the government’s ULEB grants, aims to speed up the process of bringing zero-emission vehicles onto UK roads – helping to improve air quality across London and to meet legally-binding carbon reduction targets.
Steven Meersman, co-founder of Zenobe Energy, said: “We’re privileged to be working with Abellio on such a ground-breaking project in the capital.
“As a London-based company, we are delighted to play a role in the city’s drive to reduce pollution and improve air quality, as we’re doing in Guildford and will be in other cities such as Newport.
“Through our service-based model, we’re supporting the EV ambition of forward-thinking operators like Abellio, lowering both the cost and the risk.
“We hope this is the first of many opportunities like this in London and look forward to working with other commercial fleet operators in their transition to net-zero.”
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