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EDF Renewables Partners With Oxford Bus Company For Electric Bus


EDF Renewables UK and Oxford Bus Company, part of The Go-Ahead Group, have signed an agreement for the provision of an 8 MW connection to Cowley bus depot, enabling the introduction of an electric fleet of buses for Oxford.


The deal is the latest stage of the ambitious urban decarbonization project, Energy Superhub Oxford. The four-year project has seen innovations such as the creation of a first-of-a-kind battery storage system, a high-power private wire charging network and an electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Redbridge Park & Ride.


With co-funding from Go Ahead, Oxfordshire County Council and the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, Oxford Bus Company has ordered 104 new electric buses to begin arriving on Oxford’s streets from late 2023. To enable the buses to charge overnight, depot charging infrastructure will be powered by the EDF Renewables UK substation at Oxford Bus Company’s Watlington Road depot. The substation was installed and connected in spring 2022 by EDF Renewables UK in anticipation of the agreement reached this month.


“Go-Ahead Group and Oxford Bus Company’s ambition to transition to a zero-emission fleet has been in planning for several years already” said Luke Marion, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director. “This agreement with EDF Renewables UK takes us one step closer to having more electric buses in Oxford, and is a key milestone in our exciting electric transformation journey.”


Marianne Costigan, Head of Private Wire at EDF Renewables UK, added that Energy Superhub Oxford has given the city a breadth of opportunities to decarbonise and combat climate change, and that the company has already seen considerable success with the EV charging hub.


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