First Bus depot to go electric 19 October 2023

?First Bus Envevo electric depot

Contractors from Envevo have started preparation to install power charging and infrastructure to handle the arrival of electric buses at First Bus’s depot in Bramley, Leeds.

Heliox Rapid 150 kW (kilowatt) chargers are being installed, which are said to be capable of charging a bus in 2.5 hours.

The infrastructure will charge 57 electric buses by March 2024. Each bus is expected to save 60 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Funding to enable the conversion has been made possible through grants of £12.6m secured by West Yorkshire Combined Authority from the Department for Transport Zebra scheme with support from First Bus and a separate investment of £16.4m by the operator.

Transport Engineer

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