Local councils, bus and fleet operators are invited to partner on electric vehicle (EV) fleet projects
Zenobē Energy, the UK’s leading independent owner and operator of battery storage, today announces the launch of up to £120 million of funding to accelerate the rollout of commercial electric vehicle fleets such as buses and the supporting infrastructure.
The government’s £48 million Ultra-Low Emission Bus scheme (ULEB), announced in February this year, highlighted the huge demand from local authorities and bus and fleet operators to transition to electric vehicles. This is the first time a private company has helped to fill that gap, with an aim to help eliminate pollution in our cities, towns and rural areas. Zenobe is inviting organisations to get in touch with electric vehicle fleet projects now.
Coming at a time when the transport sector is the largest contributor of CO2 and NOx emissions, the fund will significantly speed up the process of bringing zero-emission vehicles onto our roads, helping to improve air quality and to meet our legally binding carbon reduction targets.
Zenobē 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 will give 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.
The Zenobē solution will significantly reduce the upfront cost associated with zero emission buses, not only making the price similar to diesel buses but also lowering the total lifecycle cost by as much as 30% in some cases. Zenobē 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 Zenobē 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.
Steven Meersman, co-founder of Zenobē Energy, said:
“We’re thrilled to announce the Zenobē comprehensive funding solution which helps local councils and commercial fleet operators bring forward the rollout of zero-emission vehicles by several years. Using our solutions, we can enable local authorities and operators to access a faster, cheaper and lower-risk way to transition to EVs. We’re calling on organisations to work with us and provide the public with emission-free transport and last-mile deliveries now.”
Jonathan Murray, Policy and Operations Director at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, leading the UK Government-sponsored EV Energy Task Force initiative said:
“Many bus operators are looking to electrify their vehicles and are a key part of efforts to decarbonise road transport and improve air quality in some of our most polluted areas. Buses require a lot of energy and this creates challenges – and opportunities – for the electricity grid.
“This initiative from Zenobē Energy should be an important enabler of efforts on the part of vehicle operators to switch to zero emission vehicles, whilst making the electricity grid smarter and more resilient at the same time.”
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About Zenobe Energy Ltd. (Zenobē)
Zenobē Energy is one of the largest independent owners and operators of battery storage in the UK with 73 MW of operational assets and a large portfolio of projects in our pipeline. We provide intelligent flexible power solutions to commercial EV fleet operators, utilities and industrial and commercial businesses. Our battery storage services help clients manage power more effectively so they can lower costs, improve resilience and reduce their environmental impact.
About the LowCVP
The LowCVP (www.lowcvp.org.uk), which was established in 2003, is a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK businesses. Nearly 200 organisations are engaged from diverse backgrounds, including automotive and fuel supply chains, government, vehicle users, academics, environmental groups and others.
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