Zenobē, an EV fleet and battery storage specialist, today announces a partnership with Airsym, a transport provider for airlines, airports and ground handling companies, to launch into service a brand-new Yutong TCe12 electric coach. The coach will be used as part of a shuttle service for McClaren Automotive, transporting staff from Woking train station to the company’s headquarters during the working week. On the weekends, it will be the first electric coach to operate airside at London Heathrow airport, shuttling airline crew to local hotels.
In its first step into the coach sector, Zenobē will be providing the financing and a managed service for the on-coach battery over the course of eight years.
With the coach sector only at the beginning of its electrification journey, despite ambitious commitments from the industry and government to reach net zero by 2050, this project marks an important step towards greener, cleaner transport.
The decarbonisation of the coach industry will play a crucial role in the UK’s journey to net zero and in cleaning the air of the nation. Coaches already provide a sustainable travel option, taking personal vehicles off roads. Transitioning coach fleets to zero emission alternatives will save around 56,000 tonnes of carbon over the next decade and reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides equivalent to £225m in public health damage cost savings.
Steven Meersman, Co-Founder and Director of Zenobē, said:
“We’re thrilled to be expanding into the coach sector and embarking on this journey together with Airsym. The coach industry faces several unique challenges to decarbonisation but through the right partnerships, it can today make the first step on this journey.
“We’ll be attending ITT Hub on 11th-12th May and would encourage any operators who are considering making the move to electric to come and speak with us about how we can support the process.”
Allen Jey, Managing Director of Airsym, said:
“We’re delighted to add this new electric coach to our fleet and offer our customers a cleaner way to travel. Electrification is clearly the direction the industry is moving in, and we look forward to working with Zenobē, drawing on its expertise and extensive experience, to make a step on this journey.”
Phil Hodgson, Area Sales Manager at Pelican Bus and Coach, said:
“Pelican is delighted that Zenobē has provided vehicle financing on a new asset class of vehicles in the UK by financing a Yutong zero emission electric coach to Airsym. We see this as a fantastic enabler to begin to transition the coach industry to net zero. Yutong has over 133,000 zero emission vehicles in service, operating over 29.3 billion kms. Our vehicles are tried, tested and proven.”
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About Zenobe 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.235 MW of contracted storage assets and 1GW in development, around 25% market share of the UK EV bus sector and c.540 electric vehicles contracted globally. The company is the largest owner and operator of EV buses in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
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. 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 is also a leader in repurposing EV batteries after their first life, providing incremental power solutions to large business and the film and events industries.
For more information, please visit www.zenobe.com
 Confederation of Passenger Transport, 2021 www.cpt-uk.org/media/zi0m5v5q/coach-strategy-bitesize-briefing.pdf
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