The Dutch electric bus and charging infrastructure manufacturer Ebusco has acquired 40 per cent of the share capital of Zero Emission Services (ZES) from Engie. Founded in 2020, the Dutch company ZES works on overall concepts for zero-emission inland shipping.
Together, Ebusco and ZES want to increase their influence on the maritime sector. The participation in ZES marks the beginning of a cooperation in which ZES can benefit from Ebusco’s experience with batteries and battery management systems.
In its statement, Ebusco refers to mobile energy containers that the company has developed in recent years as part of its energy storage systems and which could be “perfectly integrated into the ZES concept”. In addition, ZES is expected to benefit from the Ebusco Live software platform to further develop its own offering and the efficiency of its solutions.
Ebusco believes in making the transition into electric inland waterway transport faster than was initially possible for the bus industry for the sector. There are many similarities between the inland waterway industry today and the bus industry ten years ago, says Ebsuco. However, the overall landscape and acceptance of electric transport is much more advanced today, he added. “We are convinced that Ebusco’s participation in ZES can bring accelerated growth in the adoption of electric inland shipping,” says Peter Bijvelds, CEO of Ebusco. “Together we can lead the way in this virtually untapped market.”
The establishment of the Zero Emission Services joint venture with the goal of zero-emission inland navigation was announced in September 2020. At that time, the initiators wanted to put the first electric vessel into operation in the same year. The first zero-emission inland vessel with energy containers from ZES was launched in September 2021.
ZES was founded by ING Bank, the energy and technology service provider Engie, the maritime technology company Wärtsilä and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. All shareholders provide equity, expertise and personnel to support ZES in its development.
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