Enel X UK has completed its first e-bus project for Abellio London Bus, a division of the Abellio Group and a major transport operator across the country. The new depot, located in Hayes, is home to innovative, state-of-the-art electric buses providing zero-emission transport to West London.
The delivery of the new Hayes depot is the first of three electric bus projects that Abellio has awarded to Enel X in the Greater London area. Enel X will work with Abellio to deploy more electric bus infrastructure at the Battersea and Beddington facilities, as well as increase charging capacity at the new Hayes depot. The Hayes facility was designed from the ground up with scalability in mind; a modular approach will allow Enel X to seamlessly extend existing infrastructure to accommodate a fleet of up to 56 electric buses.
Jon Eardley, Managing Director of Abellio London, said: “At Abellio, we are very proud to be leading the way in zero-emission bus operation on London’s bus routes. The successful growth of our electric vehicle fleet depends on the introduction of a robust and scalable infrastructure. Enel X has supported us at our Hayes depot to operate state-of-the-art buses that provide more comfortable and accessible journeys for passengers and contribute to the decarbonisation of the network in London.
The Enel X e-bus team was responsible for the activation of the electrical infrastructure of the site for the charging of e-buses, the installation of a low voltage switch panel and switchgear which now powers six 300 kW Enel X Way charging stations. The charging stations will run on Enel X Way software, capable of optimizing charging schedules based on site load, energy costs and bus schedules. Abellio’s e-buses incorporate 382 kWh batteries that can be fully charged in just over 3 hours. Enel X will also maintain and service the charging stations for the next 14 years.
Tony Whittle, Head of Enel X UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of our first electric bus project here in the UK, Abellio’s Hayes Depot, which is designed for a rapid scaling of their electric bus fleet and hosting future charging technology. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Abellio at this depot and others as a trusted energy partner, helping them navigate the transition to electrified transportation and contributing to the government’s net zero goals.
According to forecasts by independent consultancy Accuracy, the UK’s electric bus fleet is set to grow by 180% and will become the largest in Europe by 2024. Enel X is now supporting the implementation and operation of e-Bus in the United Kingdom, with growth planned for the following years.