SYMPHONY EV-ZE Deliver Arriva Project

Electric vehicle and charge point suppliers SYMPHONY EV-ZE, have just completed and delivered a new double RAPID Super Fast Charging infrastructure for ARRIVA at their Green Lane bus depot in Liverpool.

As part of the principle contractor team, award-winning SYMPHONY and Managing Director John Robinson provided full project management throughout the installation. This involved obtaining new build planning approval for the substation and compound, with SP Energy Networks, Schnieder Electrics linking the completed substation to the National Grid. SYMPHONY designed and developed the charging point units, based around the shape of a leaf to reflect their environmental credentials, which were then branded specifically for Arriva.

The new RAPID Charging infrastructure includes six of the highest end double Super-Fast RAPID Bus Charging Points which will power the fleet of 12 100% electric, zero emission Arriva buses.

SYMPHONY also partnered and worked alongside Merseytravel / BYD UK-China and Alexander-Dennis UK Bus on the project, making sure that the Battery Management System on this fleet of EV Buses could accept the full Super-Fast RAPID Charge.

The installation future proofed the entire Green Lane Bus Depot Site to ensure that it is able to accept another six RAPID Charging points and a further twelve electric buses in the near future, extending the fleet of 100% electric buses even further. The final part of the project was to developthe RAPID mobile Charging Point Unit to work on and off site as a back up charging option, allowing further flexibility for the fleet.

Howard Farrall, Arriva Merseyside Managing Director commented: “Arriva is constantly on the lookout for ways to trial new low-emission technologies, and so the new partnership with SYMPHONY EV-ZE is a great way to further contribute to our ‘Destination Green’ environmental goal, which includes ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and invest in renewable sources. We’re confident and hopeful that this exciting new development will give us the capacity to continue expanding Arriva’s electric bus network across the region, and we’re looking forward to what the future holds with this new system in place.”

John Robinson said “As one of only five main approved suppliers of RAPID Charger installations in the UK we are experienced in  delivering charging point installations for councils, hospitals and train stations. This was our biggest challenge yet and I am very proud that it is another major step in helping Liverpool and the City Region become one of the lowest carbon cities in Europe.”