The main challenge in deploying commercial electric vehicle fleets is the time delay and cost associated with grid constraints.
This particularly impacts commercial fleet operators, bus companies and developers of rapid charging infrastructure as they usually have large loads connecting to the grid. As operators become amongst the largest commercial consumers of power, Zenobe provides a cost-effective vehicle charging solution in rapid timescales.
In May 2019 we launched up to £120 million of funding to accelerate the rollout of commercial electric vehicle fleets.
Local councils, bus and fleet operators are invited to partner on electric vehicle (EV) fleet projects.
Zenobe can provide a range of solutions which includes the upfront financing for local authorities, OEMs, and bus and other fleet operators. Depending on requirements, the company will own and operate batteries in the depot, smart charging infrastructure and the batteries on the vehicles. This gives customers the option of an end-to-end, one-stop solution in exchange for a pence per-mile service fee or a fixed monthly charge.
Zenobe Energy will work with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership to ensure all projects are zero emission and are compatible with the standards set in the government’s recent ULEB scheme.
The Zenobe EV scheme can be used alongside grants from the ULEB scheme. With council funding for buses almost halving since 2010, these schemes are critical in helping to plug this gap, connect communities and improve air quality.
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There are many benefits to accelerating the rollout of electric vehicle (EV) fleets. They lower the quantity of harmful particulates in urban environments, reduce carbon emissions and have lower operating costs.
Issues arise when the operators of commercial and public transport fleets wish to connect and charge their fleets in depots with limited grid import connections.
Zenobe Energy has recently installed a 400kW battery system at a park and ride bus depot in Guildford. Bus operator Stagecoach approached us because they needed a more cost-effective, timely solution than they had been offered.
Over an eight-week period, we sourced and installed our battery – including software and hardware solutions – to optimise performance. The battery charges during the day from the current grid connection and provides power to the buses in the night so that they are ready to go in the morning for commuters. Our solution eliminated the upfront capital cost. It is mobile in case the bus operators move depot and it was implemented in less than twenty per cent of the time and total cost quoted by the grid operator.
Zenobe has integrated this battery into its portfolio of other storage assets to access new sources of revenue, which further reduces operating costs for the bus operator.
We were delighted by the way the Zenobe team quickly understood and responded to our charging requirements for the Guildford fleet of electric buses. We now have a cost effective, adaptable charging solution which is working well and saved us over a year of waiting compared to the alternative.XX, Managing Director of Stage Coach South