Cardiff Bus has partnered with Zenobe to implement charging infrastructure for its order of 36 battery-electric Yutong E12s placed earlier this year.
Serving routes north and east of the city including Llanishen, Thornhill, Llanrumney and St. Mellons, the electrified depot will go live at the end of 2021 and will use Zenobe’s charging infrastructure managed service.
The partnership is part of the operator’s recent £14m electric fleet investment. It has been partially funded by the UK government Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.
The supplier says the partnership is “powering a new era of sustainable transport in Wales”. The infrastructure and end-to-end software solution implementation (which manages fleet charging) will be overseen by Zenobe.
As well as ensuring that the capacity and charge of the fleet’s batteries are being monitored and prioritising vehicles that need charging more rapidly, the system will remove the need for manual charging management and ensure that the depot does not exceed its grid connection power allowance.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our work in Wales, following on from a successful project in Newport, and partnering with Cardiff Bus as it looks to transition to electric travel,” says Steven Meersman, Co-Founder of Zenobe Energy. 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.”
Adds Paul Dyer, Managing Director of Cardiff Bus: “Our partnership with Zenobe is a key step in our journey to net-zero. We are excited to be utilising its sector expertise to facilitate our electric offering and bring sustainable transport to our customers across the city.”