Shepherd’s Bush depot completes electrification preparation

RATP Dev has completed the installation of new automatic charging equipment for its batch of 36 BYD/ADL Enviro200 EVs which will be used on TfL route C1 and 70.

Preparing Shepherd’s Bush bus garage for the electric buses involved a collaboration between BYD and ADL’s strategic partner, SSE, to oversee the installation of the electric vehicle infrastructure. SSE installed electric power and data cables and wiring at the garage, while BYD installed its smart charging management system, which enables an automatic charging system at the depot to simultaneously charge all the electric buses overnight with minimal supervision. BYD says its system removes the risks associated with manually charging buses, and also cuts down on the staff required over a night shift, in turn reducing operating costs.

The renewed Shepherd’s Bush facility was officially opened by Catherine Guillouard, Chairwoman and CEO of RATP Group, Laurence Batlle, CEO of RATP Dev and TfL commissioner Mike Brown.

“This highly complex project at Shepherd’s Bush is one of the best examples so far of how the in-depth experience of BYD in electric bus operation and infrastructure installation – coupled with the input of our strategic partners such as ADL and SSE – can simplify the task of getting electric bus fleets up and running in a short time,” says Frank Thorpe, BYD UK country manager. “This is far from a simple task and there are many pitfalls as can be seen from another project in the UK where new electric buses are having to be recharged by a diesel generator”.

Arthur Whiteside, ADL managing director UK Sales, adds: “With over 215 BYD ADL EnviroEV buses delivered or on order and well in excess of 1.5 million electric miles clocked up in the UK, it is clear that operators appreciate not only the vehicles we supply, but also the full infrastructure support from route analysis to site surveys which can be delivered.”