Crowne Plaza Hotel orders Ireland’s first electric bus
In Ireland, Crown Plaza Hotel, part of the Tifco Hotel Group, has placed an order for a new single deck, fully electric Volvo Bus with the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solution provided by ESB’s Smart Energy Services. The bus will operate between the Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels and Dublin Airport (DUB), providing passengers with a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly transfer service.
Scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019, the Volvo electric bus is a single door 12 m Generation two 7900e with 200kW battery capacity. It will provide an efficient service for passenger transfers at Dublin Airport (DUB).
As a company, we are always looking to the future and adopted facilities and services that will improve our guests’ experiences and benefit our local community and environment. Over the past number of years, we have taken a number of significant measures to reduce the hotels’ carbon footprint. While the purchase of the new Volvo 7900e electric bus is a significant financial investment for the hotel we believe it will deliver long term benefits for both the customer and the local environment, said Garret O’Neill General Manager for the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport & Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport,
ESB’s Smart Energy Services will provide high powered charging solution at the hotel site. Smart Energy Services is a business line within ESB, offering businesses managed energy services through a partnership approach which leverages cutting-edge technology and funding solutions to reduce energy consumption and costs for the industrial and commercial sectors.
ESB is proud to provide the high powered electric vehicle charging solution for the Crowne Plaza’s new electric bus offering. Using our wealth of experience in private and public charging infrastructure since 2010, we’ve led the infrastructure installation, site planning and consultation for this project. The high-powered 150 kW charge point system allows for smooth integration with the bus schedule, so the bus can operate an all-day basis, said Michael Mahon, Head of Smart Energy Services for ESB.
According to Mahon, enabling the electrification of transport is a key part of ESB’s Brighter Future strategy and the company is committed to ongoing support and investment in this area.
This new initiative also aligns with the National Development Plan 2018-2027 where no diesel buses can be purchased after 2019. We look forward to offering EV charging solutions to other fleet providers as well as our experience as an energy consultancy, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses with large energy consumption needs, Mahon said.
Through ESB’s Smart Energy Services partnership with the Crowne Plaza, ESB provided the finance solution required to invest in the charging infrastructure.
We’re really pleased that the 7900e has been chosen to provide services for these hotels in and around Dublin Airport and that it will be the first electric bus to enter commercial operation anywhere in Ireland. Our vision at Volvo Bus is to develop a range of vehicles, which include hybrids, electric hybrids and full electric to deliver improved air quality in the surroundings in which they operate. We believe that working together they will significantly improve the environment for those who live, work and visit towns and cities, said Nick Page, Managing Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland.