First Bus to transform Glasgow bus depot into the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station.
The depot will have space to charge 300 electric bus, but the Heliox 150 kW rapid chargers can charge any type of vehicle and will have extended use beyond the immediate bus fleet.
The first phase of the project, which is now underway, will see 11 dual DC rapid charging units installed. Phase One of the depot is expected to be complete by September this year, allowing for the introduction of a further 22 electric buses to Glasgow’s streets.
The transformation has been made possible in part due to First Bus being awarded a further £24.3m in a successful bid in the second round of the Scottish Ultra-Low Bus Scheme (SULEB).
Janette Bell, managing director for First Bus UK said: ‘First Bus is at the forefront of the green transport revolution, and we continue to fast-track our efforts to surpass passenger expectations. We are proud to be announcing the UK’s largest EV charging infrastructure as part of our transition to a zero-emission fleet.
‘We are making excellent progress on our commitments to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions in our communities.
‘By improving the air quality in the areas we operate within, we are supporting the health of our customers, and by cutting carbon emissions we are putting our weight behind Scotland’s ambitious plans for tackling the global threat of climate change.
‘Launching this project at Caledonia depot, the largest of its kind, is a very exciting next step and reinforces that both First Bus and our stakeholders are making continued investment in the future of bus.’
Andrew Jarvis, portfolio managing director added: ‘This is an ambitious and exciting plan that will have positive implications for the entire city of Glasgow.
‘We’re thrilled that Transport Scotland understood our vision from the very beginning and that we are starting work on this large-scale project that will help us move closer towards a zero-emission fleet.’