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Shepherd’s Bush connects with greener future as latest London bus garage to go electric

A fleet of environmentally-friendly buses are operating from Shepherd’s Bush bus garage, thanks to a new electricity connection.

From Press releases - 16 November 2018 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has completed work at the Sulgrave Road site for RATP Dev London, to enable 36 new electric buses to charge overnight, with the project representing a major contribution towards reducing pollution.

The work has provided an additional 2.5Megawatts of capacity to power buses on two of the major routes out of the garage, by a ‘timed connection’ which has avoided the need to build extra electricity cables and infrastructure to charge the vehicles.

By adopting this new approach, costs have been reduced for the bus garage, which is able to draw its maximum power requirement between 11pm and 6am when local electricity demand is very low.

Shepherd’s Bush is the fifth London bus garage to ‘go electric’ thanks to extensive work by UK Power Networks.

The first was Waterloo Bus Garage in London, in August 2016, which was the first in the UK and saved 900 tonnes of CO2 in its first year. It has since been followed by bus garages at Willesden, Camberwell and Northumberland Park.

UK Power Networks is leading the development of a smart, flexible grid to support Electric Vehicles, improve air quality and reduce the capital’s carbon footprint.

It advises firms and individuals how to best connect EV charge points, and plan electric vehicle fleets, and also runs electric vans in its own operation fleet.

Stephen Bradley, head of major connections for UK Power Networks, said: “By enabling more buses to run on electricity instead of diesel, we bring another breath of fresh air for Londoners and we are pleased to be playing our part as the city looks forward to a greener future.”