Arriva Brixton Tram Shed

Zenobē helped Arriva transform their Brixton depot for electric bus charging, providing a solution to space, grid costs and battery replacement.

Zenobē helped Arriva transform their Brixton depot.

The Challenge

Arriva came to Zenobē looking to electrify their Brixton depot for their new fleet of 22 electric busses. A former tram shed built in the 1920s, the space was very limited, and the roof was unable to support overhead reels or pantograph charging systems. This meant that by using a traditional charging solution, Arriva would lose seven parking spaces, restricting their possible bus service.

The limitations of the space meant that not all vehicles could be charged overnight at the same time. The shortened charging windows and lack of space was a challenge that needed a solution.

Ryan, Mark and Oscar proudly present their Arriva awards. Presented to all who contributed to this landmark electrification project.

The Solution

We solved the space and charging issue, with a purpose designed system that included Direct Current (DC) power and slim line chargers. The slim line chargers proved ideal for the job and meant the Brixton depot could run their full daily service with 22 fully charged busses available each morning.

To reduce Arriva’s ongoing power grid connection costs, we designed our smart charging software to optimise the daily charging regime.

We also removed any battery replacement risk for Arriva, but providing a fully financed battery managed service for the 22 busses. Meaning each bus was guaranteed to have a fully functional battery on board for the next 15 years.

‘We really enjoyed partnering with Zenobē, they brought great teamwork and real innovative insights to our flagship Brixton depot electrification. The project has given us a proven method to deliver our wider commitment to deliver a sustainability agenda, but also improving our operational efficiency across UK Bus.’ Andy Whitehouse, Engineering, Safety & Improvement Director at Arriva UK Bus.

“We’re proud to have partnered with Arriva and found solutions to several constraints to electrify the Brixton depot.  The 22 e-bus in operation are now helping to clean the local air as well as helping to tackle climate change.” Steven Meersman, Zenobē Co-founder and Director.

In numbers

1,453

tonnes CO2 saved from entering the atmosphere per year

551

kg of NOx saved from entering the atmosphere per year

Key results

  • Bespoke space saving solution opened up seven additional e-bus parking spaces
  • Smart charging strategy to reduce ongoing connection costs and optimise fleet charging
  • Innovative OPEX financing; Zenobē financed 22 vehicle batteries, removing the technology risk for Arriva. We also financed the charging infrastructure so that Arriva could spread the cost