Heliox tapped by First Bus to Power 300 E-busses in Glasgow

June 14, 2021

Heliox has announced that it is working with First Bus to power the U.K.'s biggest electric charging station in Glasgow, Scotland.

With phased completion scheduled across the next 18 months, the Caledonia Glasgow depot, already the UK’s largest bus depot, will be re-designed to have space to charge up to 300 EV busses on site. The first phase of the project, now underway, will see 11 dual DC rapid, modular and scalable chargers installed, with an additional 69 installed in Phase Two from this summer, increasing the number of chargers on the site to 162.

First Bus is moving fast to achieve its goal of a fully zero emission e-bus fleet by 2035. In anticipation of the COP26 United Nations’ Climate Change conference, the city of Glasgow is already taking crucial steps towards transport electrification. Funding for the project has been made possible by £28.2m from the Scottish Government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme as well as additional investment from First Bus.

“We are marking a big step in zero-emission public transport with the development of the First Bus Caledonia depot. As one of the largest bus operators in the UK, First Bus have chosen Heliox’s market leading rapid, scalable and modular charging system which can handle high demanding bus routes and easily grow with fleets fast charging needs by ensuring power demand is utilised at the most efficient time.

“With Heliox’s experienced team, we are confident working with the most ambitious fleet operators on their path to electrification, streamlining their trajectory to zero-emissions.” - says Michael Colijn, Heliox Group CEO.

Claire Weiller, Market Director and lead for the Glasgow EV charging installation at Heliox adds, “We are grateful to have been given the opportunity to help First Bus accomplish their zero emission goals. We are looking forward to the implementation work with all partners involved.”