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Abellio London Bus Depot

Zenobe provided financing and is operating a range of cost reducing and environmentally friendly solutions for bus operator Abellio in London.


The Challenge

Abellio London planned to deploy 34 electric buses from their Walworth depot for Transport for London routes C10 (Canada Water to Victoria Station) and P5 (Patmore Estate to Elephant and Castle) but required battery financing and charging infrastructure services.


Abellio’s grid import capacity at their Walworth depot restricted the number of buses that could be charged at once. Additional space constraints also required any charging solution to be compact.


Abellio needed a solution that could charge their electric buses overnight despite grid constraints, while not taking up too much space to rule out further planned fleet electrification at the depot.  


The Solution

To determine grid and storage requirements, we conducted a detailed study of mileages and energy efficiency, considering vehicle-route combinations.

We installed a stationary battery to support the grid when charging electric buses at peak periods using our bespoke software system.

This stationary battery will provide services to National Grid during the day, generating additional income, which in turn will reduce fees for Abellio.

Additionally, we financed all 34 batteries on the bus through a managed service, guaranteeing that route mileage requirements are met throughout the duration of the contract.


We conducted a detailed study of mileages, energy efficiency for vehicle – route combination to determine grid and storage requirements

Charging Infrastructure

Multiple DC chargers with ability to charge vehicles at >80kW
Simple plug-and-play solution that is technology neutral. The bus operator plugs in their electric vehicle and Zenobē takes care of smart charging to guarantee a full charge everyday.


Modular and move-able, quick to install
Connected Zenobē proprietary dispatch and monitoring software
Can be increased in size as Abellio decides to electrify more routes in the future or introduce more e-buses at the depot

This project demonstrates the opportunity for cost-effectively accelerating fleet electrification at scale through innovative partnerships between local government, bus operators and electrification specialists like Zenobē. 

In numbers


tonnes of CO2 saved from entering the atmosphere per year

of NOx saved from entering the atmosphere per year


Key results

  • End-to-end solution
  • Lower upfront and operating costs
  • Reduced emissions
  • Flexibility for the future
  • Decreased noise pollution

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Peter Smith

Head of Product

Pete leads Zenobē’s growing team of Product specialists across all areas of the business. His team oversee our R&D as well as product development in both hardware and software.


He has been working in the European E-Mobility sector from over ten years, specialising in the design, build and delivery of software systems for EV Charging.