Seats are filling up on board the COP26 ‘Together for Our Planet’ showcase hosted by First Bus, Octopus Energy and Hitachi Europe – principal partner of COP26.
Go one step greener at the immersive event held from 1 to 11 November in the southside of Glasgow as the First Bus Caledonia Depot is transformed into a futuristic hub, set in 2035.
The event is also home to an EV rapid charging facility, free to all attending delegates. The chargers, which can replenish an average family EV in around 30 minutes, are available to all on a first-come-first-serve basis, with bookable charging slots for VIPs.
The event on the future of green transport will send delegates and guests into the future through the magical world of virtual reality. The space will also host a drive-in cinema for those charging EV vehicles.
The ambitious collaboration will show how First Bus, with investment also from Transport Scotland, is transforming its bus depot into one of the UK’s largest electric fleet charging stations.
It will be accessible through the Octopus Energy’s Electric Juice Network and has the potential for over 150 vehicles to be quickly recharged at a time.
First Glasgow will also operate a shuttle service between the green zone and the depot as well as between the site and the city centre. Click here to access the bus timetables for the event shuttles.
The showcase will host key speakers and guests from the energy and transport sectors, as well as climate experts.
The whole planet is on board. Alongside the main trio, exhibitors include Transform Scotland and Heliox. Also taking part is the Climate Café, a collaboration between Climate Reality – a campaign group founded by former US Vice Presiadent Al Gore – and local sustainable drinks company Dear Green Coffee serving up hot eco-friendly drinks as well as treats from a local zero-waste baker.
Mike Nugent, Head of EV, Hitachi Europe Ltd said: “As a Principal Partner of COP26, Hitachi is proud to support First Bus in delivering their rapid EV charging Hub. Our Zero Carbon initiative and partnership with First Bus is at the heart of our Environment Strategy and sets the benchmark for decarbonised transport in the UK.
“Working with First Bus, we will deliver a bus decarbonisation programme and place the electric bus depot at the heart of the local community, through the delivery of charging and electrification services.
“The EV charging hub is one example of how we are aiming to deliver new community services and regeneration opportunities through the electrification programme.”
Andrew Jarvis, Portfolio Managing Director for First Bus said, “First Bus are delighted to be playing host to such a prestigious event and it is an honour taking part in the COP26 Together for our Planet campaign.
“The eyes of the world will be focused on Glasgow for the next few weeks and so it is great to be able to share our ambitions for the future of public transport and the role is has to play in meeting our collective Climate challenge targets.
“As leaders in sustainable mobility, First Bus are fully aligned with the Government’s ambitions for a net-zero carbon transport system, including zero-emission bus fleets. We have already committed to achieving this by 2035 and we look forward to showcasing this to delegates over the course of the event.”