ZenobE is partnering with Welsh bus operator Cardiff Bus to implement charging infrastructure for its new electric vehicle fleet of 36 vehicles. The project is the second for Zenobe in Wales, which is also working with Newport Bus.
Going live at the end of 2021, the electrified depot will enable Cardiff Bus to bring 36 electric buses into service. It will utilise Zenobe’s charging infrastructure service, including proprietary software and funding the charging infrastructure and depot batteries. Zenobe’s approach aims to reduce the risks for fleet owners in making the switch to a fully electric fleet.
The newly electrified depot will serve routes to the north and east of the city in Llanishen, Thornhill, Llanrumney and St Mellons.
Zenobe is project managing the infrastructure and software implementation to manage the fleet charging, as well as the resulting power requirements. Zenobe’s dynamic charging system actively monitors the capacity and charge of the fleet’s batteries, prioritising vehicles that need charging more rapidly.
The system also ensures the depot doesn’t exceed its grid connection power allowance, removing the need for manual charging management, making the depot more efficient.
The partnership forms part of Cardiff Bus’ recent £14million electric fleet investment, partially funded by the UK Government’s Ultra-Low Emissions Scheme.
Steven Meersman, co-founder, Zenobe Energy, says: “We are thrilled to be expanding our work in Wales, following on from a successful project in Newport, and partnering with Cardiff Bus as they look to transition to electric travel.
“We are committed to working with local councils across the region to help boost accessibility to sustainable travel and support the UK’s drive towards net zero.
“This project is a great example of Zenobe’s holistic offering, empowering operators around the UK to begin their transition to net-zero.”