Electrification of Bus Fleets Webinar Series

Electrification of Bus Fleets Webinar Series

Zemo Partnership hosted a series of webinars looking at the electrification of bus fleets in the UK. The webinars shared the experience of operators and local authorities who have worked with suppliers to overcome challenges presented by electrification.

Topics discussed included:

  • Route planning with EV
  • Grid connection processes and challenges
  • Vehicle specifications, ancillary loads and energy efficiency
  • Practical challenges of depot electrification
  • Driver and passenger experiences

N.B. Due to coronavirus related lockdown restrictions, we were unable to host meetings and visit depots physically, but the webinars provide an interim solution to support knowledge and experience transfer in the short term.

Slides for Download

The first webinar focused on electrification of RATP's London bus depot with support from ADL, BYD and SSE and was recorded on 26th May 2020.

26th May 2020: RATP Shepherd's Bush Case Study

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The second webinar focused on electrification of park and ride services in York with support from First York and Optare recorded on 2nd June 2020.

2nd June 2020: Park and Ride in York Case Study

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The third webinar focused on electrification of buses and depots in Newport, Wales with on-site battery storage with Newport Transport, Yutong Bus UK and Zenobe Energy, recorded on 9th June 2020.

9th June 2020: Depot electrification with on-site battery storage in Newport Case Study.

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Register for Upcoming Webinars

The webinar series for 2020-21 has now taken place but resulting from their success with participants they are expected to continue into the new Financial Year. Further information will be posted here as well as promoted more prominently on the bus and coach home page and on the events pages. 

Relevant Resources

Download the Low Emission Bus Guide and presentations from previous Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) workshops

Workshop Presentations

Low Emission Bus Guide 

EV Bus Webinars - YouTube Videos


Information provision is key to the uptake of new zero emission bus (ZEB) technologies and low carbon fuels. How to understand the challenges arising from changes in the industry’s operational models can be helpfully addressed by sharing best practice, particularly in areas such as total cost of ownership (TCO) and charging/refuelling regimes.

The Secretariat will build on two years of successful regional workshops by running further events focused on ZEBs and charging infrastructure. Local authority representatives and bus operators already using ZEB technologies will present insights at the workshops, highlighting the main challenges, solutions and the environmental and financial benefits.

Technologies to be covered will include plug-in hybrids, battery electric and hydrogen buses as well as pantograph, AC and DC charging techniques and low carbon hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure. This project will link with Zemo Partnership’s 'Electrification of Fleets' projects.


  • To share best practice and understand challenges and solutions in terms of introducing ZEB technologies and infrastructure
  • To host three regional Zero Emission Bus Workshops across the UK in partnership with local authorities
  • To produce a post-event report summarising key findings and discussions after each workshop
  • To promote the ULEB/LEB Guide to inform smaller bus operators and local authorities about ZEB technologies, grant support and case studies.

Workshop Resources

Below are the free-to-download presentations from the Zero Emission Fleet workshops held so far.

Zero Emission Fleets Workshop: Birmingham Airport - Opportunity Charging, 20th February 2020

  1. Introduction to the Zero Emission Fleets Project - LowCVP
  2. National Funding Policy - ULEB Scheme, Incentives & Grant Support - LowCVP
  3. Achieving Net Zero by 2041 in the West Midlands - West Midlands Combined Authority
  4. Procurement Journey for EV buses - Birmingham Airport
  5. Delivering benefits of Opportunity Charging Through Parternship - Volvo, ABB, Actemium

Zero Emission Fleets Workshop: Reading, SSE, 5th December 2019

  1. Barriers and Opportunities to Fleet & Depot Electrification - LowCVP
  2. Introduction to SSE Enterprise: Services and Infrastrucutre - SSE
  3. National Funding Policy - ULEB Scheme, Incentives & Grant Support - LowCVP
  4. Double Deck EV Bus Rollout in London - Metroline
  5. Fleet Electrification by a Community Transport Operator (with a leased depot) - Big Lemon
  6. Clean Mobile Energy: Integtration of V2G, Renewables and Energy Storage at a Council Depot - Nottingham City Council
  7. Roll-out of Electric Minibuses and DRT in Milton Keynes - ViaVan
  8. Challenges for EV (Bus) Manufacturers - Alexander Dennis

Zero Emission Fleets Workshop: Guildford, 13th June 2019

  1. On-site battery storage depolyment for EV buses - Zenobe Energy
  2. EV bus depoloyment Park and Ride - Stageocoach South
  3. Zero Emission Bus manufacturer - Alexander Dennis
  4. EV Bus chassis development - BYD

Zero Emission Fleets Workshop Series

Find out more about Zero Emission Fleets workshop series.

Zemo Partnership Lead:
Dan Hayes

Project Manager, Bus Working Group

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