After First Bus relocated its Caledonia bus depot, Glasgow is now the UK’s largest rapid charging hub for electric vehicles. Over the past nine months, 160 fast charging points have been installed at the depot south of Glasgow.
These will not only be used for the growing e-buses of First Bus, but will also help other companies operating in the city to electrify their own fleets. Charging points are CCS connections that are compatible with other vehicles. First Bus emphasizes that the release of charging infrastructure for third-party companies is now being tested – so there are no publicly accessible charging points for registered naval partners only.
“We are proud that more Glasgow businesses are embarking on their own zero-emission journey,” said Duncan Cameron, managing director of First Bus Scotland. “With the long distances of our new electric vehicles and the immense power of these new charging stations, our buses will only have to stop to be charged overnight, thus allowing the depot for Glasgow and the other electric fleets around it to be free during the day.”
Charging points are controlled by smart charging software. Load management is the process of reducing the power taken from the stage and distributing the power as efficiently as possible to the charging vehicles. Software and charging stations are coming As reported By Heliox.
First Bus plans to further expand the depot by building a new substation in partnership with Ofgem and Scottish Power Energy Networks. This should provide enough power for another 200 charging points. Up to 350 fast charging points can be set up in Caledonia.
First Bus itself will expand its fleet and the company wants to be pollution-free by 2035. The next phase will be the Fleet of First Bus at the Caledonia Depot in Glasgow, which will be 50 percent electric by December 2022, and will provide 52 electric buses. There are currently 98 electric buses operating in Glasgow.
The Scottish Government has funded the renovation of the depot with 26.3 million. “This is truly a gamer changer in our progress in decorponying Scotland’s buses,” Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilrooth said at the opening of the charging stations.
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