E-fleet solutions provider VEV, which is backed by energy firm Vitolm, has announced its collaboration with international sightseeing bus operator Tootbus, a subsidiary of RATP Dev.
The deal will see Tootbus deliver a sustainable end-to-end service for its London operations. The firm has been investing in a green strategy since 2021, when it converted to HVO fuel, reducing its CO2 emissions by 90%.
It has now moved to the next phase with electric vehicles (EVs) with VEV to develop the overall fleet electrification plan, which will see Tootbus powering their current electric fleet consisting of three vehicles, with 100% renewable power and installing the first 10 EV chargers.
Subject to planning permission and surveys, VEV will install solar power generation at the Tootbus Wandsworth depot to generate 65,000kwh. This could power 60,000km of sightseeing bus travel, which will not only be 100% green but also reduce the load drawn from the National Grid.
Mike Nakrani, CEO of VEV said:
“The bus and tourism sectors have a critical role to play in helping to decarbonise UK roads.
“As the transition to electrification is set to gain pace over the immediate and longer-term future, leading players in these sectors have recognised that going green is not only the right thing to do, but is also a competitive advantage and are keen to make the switch as soon as possible.”
Gavin Brooking, Managing Director, Tootbus UK, said:
“Green tourism is at the heart of our business strategy and is an important investment for us. We recognised the enormous potential that switching to a complete end-to-end sustainable electric fleet could have in helping us achieve our emissions-reduction goals.
“With its extensive expertise in the sector of smart energy management, VEV is an ideal like-minded partner for us with a bespoke, turnkey solution.”
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