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news18th July 2023

EO to install charging infrastructure for more than 100 new electric buses in Warrington

  • EO is installing chargers to host 105 Volvo BZL Electric vehicles - one of the biggest electric bus orders by any town or city in the UK to date.

  • The installation is being undertaken in collaboration with ABB E-mobility to provide 53 Terra 124 dual outlet high capacity 120kW chargers.

  • Investment from the ZEBRA scheme will support the installation, being made under the Warrington’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

18th July 2023, London - EO Charging, one of Europe's leading EV charging solutions providers, has been awarded a major contract by Warrington Borough Council to provide the infrastructure that will power its new eBus fleet.

EO will install the chargers at Warrington’s new bus depot being constructed to host 105 Volvo BZL Electric vehicles scheduled for delivery in 2024. This is one of the biggest electric bus orders by any town or city in the UK to date.

The state-of-the-art vehicles will replace the current Warrington’s Own Buses diesel fleet, which cover 85% of the mileage served in the borough. The investment , being made with support from the ZEBRA scheme, is part of wider work to transform Warrington services under the borough’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

EO Charging is delighted to be working with Warrington Borough Council and Warrington’s Own Buses to install electric bus charging technology for their new fleet. This is one of the most ambitious eBus projects in the UK public sector, so it will be a great case study for how electrification can help councils and bus operators deliver on their plans to build sustainable transport into everyday life.

Keith Watson, Head of eBus at EO Charging

EO Charging will be starting works on-site later this year, with the project fully delivered in Q2 2024. The charging solutions provider is working in collaboration with ABB E-mobility. They have provided 53 of their Terra 124 dual outlet units, which are high capacity 120kW chargers. Each unit supports overnight charging of two vehicles.

Warrington electric bus

This has been an exciting project that we have worked on together with EO Charging for a long period of time, and I hope for further similar projects in the future to promote EV and E-mobility in local transportation. This collaboration is a beautiful example of how a turnkey solution company like EO and a hardware solution like ABB E-mobility can contribute to building an emission-free future of transportation.

Navin Smart, Sales Manager UK at ABB E-mobility

The new connection of 6MVA will be managed through an EO Hub load management device, and the chargers will be connected to the EO Cloud software platform to ensure the limits of the new timed connection are not exceeded. EO Charging has previously collaborated with ABB E-mobility, but never on such a large-scale project.

It’s fantastic news that our ZEBRA project is moving forward and we’re working with best-in-class partners like EO Charging on the implementation. The introduction of our all-electric fleet will bring massive benefits, helping to decarbonise our transport system as we work towards a net-zero future.

We will be delivering a fleet of buses fit for the future with zero tailpipe emissions which will improve air quality across Warrington, supporting our work to tackle the climate emergency. It will also support a key aim of our Local Transport Plan, to reduce emissions and congestion and build sustainable transport into everyday life in Warrington.

Councillor Hans Mundry, Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for transport

EO Charging has developed charge points, advanced software and charging services that maximise vehicle uptime and lower operating costs for bus fleet operators. It already supports a range of fleet customers in the business within the public sectors. including providing a full turnkey solution for the electrification of Go-Ahead’s Bexleyheath and Northumberland Park Bus Garages supporting zero-emission e-buses that form part of the Transport for London (TfL) fleet.

Press contacts:

Megan Mower, 07751 747432, eocharging@goodrelations.co.uk

About EO:

EO Charging (EO) is a leading technology solutions provider in the EV sector. EO designs and manufactures smart charging solutions for homes and commercial fleets at its headquarters in the UK, including charging stations and cloud-based management software. EO also provides electrical installation services, grid upgrades and ongoing operations and maintenance for its fleet customer base.

Founded in 2014, EO’s technology is already used by a number of the world’s largest businesses and fleet operators and it now distributes to over 35 countries around the world. It aims to become the global leader in charging electric van, truck, bus and car fleets.

To learn more, please visit www.EOcharging.com and follow us @EOCharging on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About ABB E-mobility:

ABB E-mobility is a global leader in electric vehicle charging solutions, with the highest uptime and largest installed base of DC fast chargers in the market. Its vertically integrated offering includes the widest portfolio of AC and DC charging hardware, a range of digital services and advanced energy and fleet management solutions. Using critical cloud-based connectivity, it can provide 24/7 remote monitoring and diagnostics.

With more than 13 years of experience in DC fast charging, it has an unparalleled reach with sales of more than 1 million electric vehicle chargers across more than 85 markets, over 50,000 DC fast chargers and more than 1 million AC chargers.

About ZEBRA:

The government’s ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Regional Area) scheme supports a wide range of council policies aimed at transforming travel, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, including the Climate Emergency declaration, the Local Transport Plan (LTP4), the draft Electric Vehicle Strategy, the Air Quality Action Plan, and the Central 6 Regeneration Masterplan.