By April 2020, SSE Enterprise will have delivered over 330 electric bus charging points in London as the city’s bus fleet transitions from diesel to other power sources.
It revealed that it has delivered six projects for four bus operators – including Go-Ahead London – totalling close to £7mn over the last three years. This includes Go-Ahead London’s Waterloo Garage development, which became the UK’s first – and currently, only – all-electric bus garage with 43 charging points in 2016. Go-Ahead London has since operated around 7mn emission-free electric kilometres from three of its 16 bus garages.
As part of its collaboration with Go-Ahead London, SSE Enterprise has also developed a pioneering pilot project to create a Community EV Charge Hub within a bus depot. This involves using the onsite private electrical network to provide rapid charging for private cars and taxis when the main buses are out on their routes.
Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead London’s Engineering Director, said: “Electric buses have proved their worth in real world conditions, with superb reliability and range. We currently operate around 110 electric buses from four locations and the new year will see an additional 65 electric buses introduced into our fleet. Not only are the vehicles popular with drivers and passengers, they are helping to improve London’s air quality.”