Zeelo and Zenobē have announced a partnership to drive electrification of buses and coaches in the UK. The two companies have signed an agreement that will enable Zeelo’s network of 200 bus and coach operators to trial electric vehicles, including temporary charging infrastructure provided by Zenobē.
The agreement includes the supply of trial fleets and charging infrastructure, enabling the first co-branded electric buses and coaches to operate on work and school commuter operations. The relationship will also allow Zeelo and Zenobē to work closely together to identify opportunities for large-scale fleet electrification.
The partnership has already seen Zeelo and Zenobē support operator Airsym to launch new electric services, including the provision of an electric bus service for students at Dwight School London, and an electric coach that will operate at London Heathrow airport and as a shuttle service for staff at McLaren Automotive.
Sam Ryan, Zeelo CEO, says: “Zeelo and Zenobē share a vision to drive the nation to cleaner transport and Zenobē is the ideal partner with its strong track record of electrifying depots for bus and coach operators. Zeelo has an ambitious vision not only to up-switch over 8 million Zeelo journeys per year to electric buses within the next 3-5 years, but also to support over 200 family-run bus and coach operators to be able to afford to invest in electric fleets.
“Through our partnership with Zenobē we can help kick-start a national transition out of a reliance on diesel amid the fuel crisis.”
Steven Meersman, co-founder, Zenobē, adds: “We’re excited to join forces with fellow transport innovator Zeelo to explore ways to make it easier for bus and coach operators to switch to electric today. Electrification of both bus and coach will play a pivotal role in transport decarbonisation and can help Zeelo and its customers to achieve their zero emission commitments.”