The depot, located in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, houses now the buses for Transport for London routes C1 and 70, which will be all-electric. The move toward more sustainable travel in the capital aligns with London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to introduce an “ultra-low emissions zone” across the city. RATP Dev aims to progressively turn Shepherd’s Bush into a depot with an all-electric fleet, to make it the company’s first zero-emissions bus garage in London. For now, the depot will house 36 electric buses. RATP Dev already operates four all-electric buses out of Hounslow, and operates 246 hybrid buses within London.
RATP Dev partnered with BYD (Build Your Dreams) in conjunction with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), who were chosen as the preferred suppliers for the buses and charger equipment. The depot employs BYD’s Smart Charging technologies to enable all of its buses to be charged overnight, avoiding peak hours of electricity use and easing overall grid capacity. SSE Enterprise and UK Power Networks also joined forces with the company to provide power capabilities to the depot.
The ambitious plan of London for an ultra-low emissions zone shows how much it is willing to become an example in sustainable mobility. RATP Group shares this same vision of the city. That's why we are proud to lend all our expertise, especially in innovation, to the City of London to accompany it throughout its energy transition. This electric bus depot that we are officially opening today is indeed the consequence of the strong relationship we share with London and with TfL in particular.
London’s air quality is a public health crisis and we’re committed to tackling it. The Ultra-Low Emission Zone, the world’s toughest emission standard which we’re introducing in central London next year, will help to reduce toxic emissions and vehicles in the transport industry must also lead the way. That is why we are creating one of the biggest electric bus fleets in Europe and we are delighted that RATP Group is introducing these new cleaner electric buses into the London bus network. Buses are crucial and affordable way to reduce Londoners’ reliance on cars, and this investment helps to reduce emissions across in London as part of supporting the Mayor’s vision of a zero-carbon city by 2050.
RATP Group, a committed player in the sustainable city, is heavily invested in the energy transition, and particularly in the Paris region where it will become the first operator in Europe to operate in 2025 a fleet of 100% clean buses and the Paris Region a world reference in low-carbon urban public road transport, targeting 2/3 of electric bus centers and 1/3 of biogas bus centers. For this, the RATP launched early 2018, with Ile-de-France Mobilities, Paris region transport authority, the largest call for tenders for electric buses in Europe. This consultation represents a potential of 1,000 buses.
The Group applies the same strategy to sightseeing activity: in October 2018, RATP Group presented the first electric vehicle in London to join the fleet of its London sightseeing subsidiary The Original Tour, a few months after the launch of the first double-deck hop-on hop-off 100% electric in Paris.