Shuttle Buses goes electric, in collaboration with VEV

  • Shuttle Buses, which operates over 50 buses in the Ayrshire region of Scotland, has revealed its plans for electrification.
  • The process will be achieved with the help of electric fleet specialist VEV, who have installed EV chargers at bus depots, with smart charging software that ensures the buses are only charged off of 100% renewable energy.
  • The move follows similar schemes in cities such as Oxford, set to have another 159 electric buses joining its fleet.

More electric buses for Scotland

The recently-announced partnership between VEV and Shuttle Buses will add to the significant number of fully-electric buses on Scotland’s roads – 485 to be precise, according to estimates from Zemo. The partnership isn’t stopping there, with stage two set to take place soon. This will include on-site solar panels combined with a battery storage system, much like the solution we’ve seen at charging sites from GRIDSERVE. This specific solution will generate 148,000 kWh annually, enough to power two electric buses for the year. The partnership is just one of many VEV have formed with commercial fleet operators recently, such as with sightseeing bus operator Tootbus

Mike Nakrani, CEO of VEV, commented:

“We are thrilled to collaborate with forward-thinking companies like Shuttle Buses to support their transition to a fully electric fleet. This project highlights the value in an integrated e-fleet solution, from charging infrastructure to renewable energy and intelligent management software. We are committed to helping fleets make the transition to electric smooth, smart and sustainable and look forward to supporting Shuttle Buses’ decarbonisation goals further with solar power generation and battery storage.”

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Ross Granger, Managing Director of Shuttle Buses, added:

“VEV understood our environmental and business goals and offered a turnkey solution to support the electrification of our bus fleet. We’re looking at potentially opening-up our charging infrastructure to other fleets and the VEV-IQ platform will be critical to this.”

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