We are excited to announce an exciting and innovative new partnership with the international EV fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobē in a concerted effort to advance the fleet electrification of private bus transportation in the UK. A contract between our two businesses will allow over 200 bus and coach operators in Zeelo’s operator network to test-drive new electric vehicles, incorporating a temporary charging infrastructure supplied by Zenobē.
The fleet solution from Zenobē is encouraging the use of electric vehicles, all the while lowering emissions from the logistics and transportation sectors. With its ETaaS (Electric Transport-as-a-Service) solution, Zenobē is able to offer fleet operators and local governments a complete package, that includes charging infrastructure, battery replacement, and award-winning software, for a monthly cost.
The high upfront costs of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, a lack of confidence in new technology, including charging procedures and vehicle range, and uncertainty about the business model are all obstacles that bus and coach operators who want to convert to electric fleets must overcome. But by allowing clients and the network of Zeelo’s operators to test this technology, we hope to make clean transportation a viable alternative.
To be a truly sustainable working relationship, this needs to deliver environmental and financial gains for Zeelo and its partners, while providing cleaner, greener transport for students and commuters.Steven Meersman – Co-founder, Zenobē
The decarbonization of transportation will be greatly aided by the electrification of buses and coaches, which can also assist Zeelo and our clients in meeting their zero-emission targets. Zenobē’s pioneering battery storage offering enables power grid operators to provide clean, secure and affordable power, accelerating the global transition to Net Zero energy systems. We are hoping that by working together, we will see great gains made in this regard; in fact Zenobē have a global goal to support over 3,000 electric vehicles by 2025.
In addition to switching over 8 million Zeelo trips annually to electric buses during the next three to five years, Zeelo has its own ambitious goal of helping over 200 family-run bus and coach operators acquire electric fleets. Along with the education and health sectors, transportation is a crucial public asset, and there is massive potential to create a unified industry standard. In the midst of the ongoing global fuel crisis, our collaboration with Zenobē will enable us to initiate a national shift away from diesel dependence.
Through our partnership with Zenobē we can help kick-start a national transition out of a reliance on diesel amid the fuel crisis. That doesn’t just mean cutting people a deal, but actually ensuring that electric buses feel comfortable and safe to drive and easy to charge.Sam Ryan – CEO, Zeelo
All Zeelo partners (both employers and schools) will be given the option to upgrade to a fully electric service, dramatically reducing the CO2 impact of their commuters and improving air quality around their campus. Zeelo is an asset-light company; meaning that we don’t own buses or coaches and rely on our operator partners, mostly coach operators, to switch to electric (net zero) fleets. Still not convinced?
We have concentrated on providing contractual guarantees and an EV trial package for our operator partners in order to make the transition to electric fleets as simple and low-risk as possible. Our partnership with Zenobe combines the knowledge and assistance of electric bus and coach manufacturers, charging infrastructure suppliers, and financial institutions with the technology and customer experience you are used to from Zeelo.
Now given the economic climate we find ourselves in, it may well seem like the wrong time to consider making such significant investments in your future, but now is actually the ideal moment to do so! So please do get in touch if you are a coach operator interested in learning more about electrifying your fleet or an employer or school looking to implement electric commuter or home to school transport services.