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Zenobē launches independent Innovation Centre to accelerate fleet electrification

The clean energy and transport solutions provider welcomed Rt Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP to open a new Innovation Centre that will place Portsmouth at the forefront of zero carbon transport innovation.

27 January 2023

Electric vehicle (EV) fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobē today welcomed the Rt Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP to open its brand-new Innovation Centre in Railway Triangle Industrial Estate, Portsmouth that will break down barriers for fleet operators before they begin their transition to electric vehicles.
Zenobē will test the latest EV charging solutions within a technology-agnostic setting to identify the most cost effective and optimal charging solutions for fleet operators, as well as driving innovation in the electric transport sector.

The Centre can simulate the intricacies of depot charging with the ability to charge multiple buses and electric cars at one time while connected to a Powerskid, a 100kW battery storage asset made from second-life batteries.
The Powerskid, a clean and portable temporary power source made from refurbished EV batteries, will enable Zenobē to assess how innovations such as V2G charging and grid enhancement services to support the additional power required for EV charging can be scaled up and implemented for the fleet operator.

The Innovation Centre will also trial and interface different models of charger and electric vehicles to provide valuable insight into the relationship between the charger and vehicle.

Zenobē has also integrated its award-winning fleet charging software into the testing, taking into account real-world, site-specific challenges such as grid limitations and battery degradation, and how these can be managed.
By investigating and testing the software and charging infrastructure within the Innovation Centre environment, Zenobē will further expand its extensive fleet electrification capabilities and knowledge base. It will use this to work with fleet operators to make better informed decisions when tendering for electric vehicles, chargers and supporting infrastructure.

“The Innovation Centre is an evolution of our service offering and will ensure we give even better service to our customers in two ways – by testing components, chargers and other equipment continuously and by enabling us to commission and integrate equipment before anything arrives on site ensuring a smooth customer experience during this important but sometimes overwhelming transition to zero emission fleets.” said Steven Meersman, Founder Director at Zenobē.

Speaking at the launch, Penny Mordaunt MP for Portsmouth North also welcomed the latest addition to Portsmouth’s growing expertise in enabling clean energy technologies “Zenobē’s new Innovation Centre facility and its commitment to continuously testing and researching new technology that supports the sustainable transition of the UK’s bus, truck and van fleets to electric will ensure that we meet our ambitious commitment to our net zero goals.”

Zenobē is now inviting operators interested in electrifying their fleet to book in a visit to see the real time benefits of integrating smart charging technology into their fleet. Fleet operators will also get the opportunity to meet with Zenobē’s fleet experts and discuss how they can take the first step towards fleet electrification and achieving zero carbon and clean air targets.

Fleet operators interested in visiting the Innovation Centre can book in an appointment by emailing contact@zenobe.com

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About Zenobē Energy Ltd. (Zenobē):

Zenobē is an international EV fleet and battery storage specialist, headquartered in the UK with operations in Europe and Australasia. It has c. 1.6GW in construction and development in the UK which equates to c. 25% market share forecast by 2026. It has around 25% market share of the UK EV bus sector and c.580 electric vehicles contracted globally. The company is the largest owner and operator of EV buses in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The company’s pioneering battery storage offering enables power grid operators to provide clean, secure and affordable power, accelerating the global transition to Net Zero energy systems.

Zenobē’s fleet solution is driving the adoption of electric vehicles and reducing emissions from the transport and logistics sectors. Its ETaaS (Electric Transport-as-a-Service) solution provides fleet operators and local authorities with a full solution for a pay-per-month fee including charging infrastructure, battery replacement and award-winning software. Zenobē is also a leader in second life battery repurposing EV batteries after their first life, providing incremental power solutions to large business and the film and events industries.

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.