UK bus operator First Bus has announced a partnership with UK delivery company DPD to improve the environmental impact of travel in Glasgow.
The move is in line with First Bus’s ambitions from COP26 to offer local businesses the use of the 160 fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) at its Caledonia depot.
After 12 months, DPD is officially the first company to join the scheme, which allows DPD drivers to access and use the facilities while in Glasgow.
Additionally, the operator hopes the partnership will maximize use of the EV hub by allowing other vehicles to charge while their own bus fleet is out of service.
Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director at First Bus, said: “The partnership with DPD reflects the commitment we made during COP26 to help other companies achieve their green ambitions.
“We hope this is the first of many valuable partnerships and demonstrates the power that comes from working together to reduce carbon emissions.
“Electrifying fleets and the infrastructure to support them is a mammoth undertaking, and it’s just not feasible for every company to build their own charging station.
“Reducing carbon emissions is a priority for us – not just to meet our own goals, but because we are committed to enabling cleaner, greener travel for Glasgow.”
Hitachi ZeroCarbon helped the bus operator design and install the chargers, which provide ultra-fast DC charging for commercial electric vehicles.
DPD aims to be the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK and the company claims it is on track to have more than 3,000 electric vehicles on the roads this year, with expectations that it will reach 4,000 by 2023 when it is exclusively will deliver with electric vehicles in 30 cities.
First Bus is hoping to increase the number of its zero-emission buses and electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Scotland, with reported plans to electrify its Scotstoun and Aberdeen depots.