Zeelo, the UK’s largest independent provider of ‘carbon neutral’ smart bus transport, has partnered with Pelican, the UK’s largest distributor of YUTONG electric buses and coaches, as well as electric fleet specialist Zenobē to launch a UK-wide trial to demonstrate use of battery-electric vehicles to Zeelo’s network of bus operators.
From more than two hundred bus and coach operators, five will be given the chance to trial the Zeelo-branded Yutong TCe12 provided by Pelican, with portable charging infrastructure supplied by Zenobē.
The initiative forms part of Zeelo’s Net-Zero strategy which will offer its corporate and education clients the option to upgrade to a fully electric service, reducing the CO2 impact of bus commutes and improving air quality around their campus.
Through a partnership with Zenobē the trials will include the demonstration of a package of charging infrastructure, battery replacement and software to operators.
Sam Ryan, CEO of Zeelo siad: “Our mission for all Zeelo programs to be Net-Zero by 2030 cannot be achieved without bringing the technology on the road. So we’re delighted to bring on board our operator partners and clients on this Net-Zero journey with us.
“As the UK’s largest electric bus distributor, Pelican together with Zenobē, helps us pave the way for a greener future of transport by transitioning our services incrementally to emission-free vehicles over the next seven years.”
Adding, Steven Meersman, Co-founder and Director of Zenobē said: “By partnering with Pelican to deliver Zeelo’s Open Trial, we will provide bus and coach operators with the opportunity to trial electric buses within their own surroundings that will support them to make informed decisions as they transition to fleet electrification.We look forward to speaking to the participating operators and hearing what they’ve learned from their experience and whether we can help them with the next steps.”