SSE Enterprise has played a pivotal role in the deployment of London’s first large scale, zero-emission, single deck bus fleet – the largest of its kind in Europe. Providing the electrical infrastructure for the fleet’s charging points was a complex but vital component of this ground breaking initiative. The project, led by Go Ahead London under contract to Transport for London, has been in development since 2013 and involved the delivery of 51 electric buses on routes 507 and 521 operating between Waterloo and Victoria.
The state-of-the-art vehicles are capable of carrying up to 90 passengers and use some of the most advanced zero emission technology in the world. They also screen Underground and Overground service statuses and have USB sockets installed for phone chargers. It’s expected that 7 million passengers will use the new buses every year. In order to accommodate this revolutionary fleet, Waterloo Bus Depot required an intricate electrical infrastructure to supply the supporting 43 charging points, with a further five at the nearby Mandela Way depot.
SSE Enterprise was appointed to design and install the network in spring 2016 in time for the official launch on 9th September 2016.