What are the drivers behind implementing EV infrastructure for bus companies?
Over the last 18 months, we’ve been supporting First Bus in the delivery of EV chargers and infrastructure for their bus depots, moving away from diesel buses to full electric. Electric supply is well established and has been adopted commercially and domestically with vehicle charging points being installed up and down the country.
The main driver for bus operating companies to upgrade their fleet to new electric buses has been through government targets to introduce zero-emission buses by providing £240 million of funding to local transport authorities (LTAs), with the operating companies funding the balance. First Bus are taking it a step further and have set the target of their full fleet being entirely zero emissions by 2035. There is a mix of fleets across the various operators and LTA’s, some opting for electric and others choosing hydrogen as their fuel supply, whilst hybrid is still preferred by others.