Important step for Ebusco in maritime market
Ebusco takes over 40% stake in Zero Emission Services
Deurne, 18 March 2022 – Ebusco (Euronext: EBUS), a pioneer and frontrunner in the development of electric buses and charging systems, has taken over 40% of the share capital of Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES), a provider of all-in concepts for emission-free inland shipping. Ebusco took over the shareholding from ENGIE, one of the founding shareholders of ZES. ZES and Ebusco share their commitment to zero-emission transportation. As their solutions are highly complementary, together Ebusco and ZES can significantly increase their joint impact in the maritime sector.
Start-up in emission-free inland shipping
ZES was founded in June 2020 and offers a complete range of products and services, based on interchangeable battery containers charged with renewable power, charging stations, technical support and an innovative pay per use concept for ship owners. In September 2021 the first emission-free inland shipping vessel, with energy containers from ZES, commenced operation. ZES was founded by ING bank, energy and technical service provider ENGIE, maritime technology company Wärtsilä and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Ebusco took over its 40% stake from ENGIE. All shareholders provide equity, expertise and staff to support ZES in its development.
Acquiring a stake in ZES perfectly fits Ebusco’s strategy and mission to contribute to a better environment by enabling safe, sustainable, emission-free, and affordable transportation ecosystems. Ebusco’s shareholding in ZES marks the beginning of a collaboration in which ZES can benefit from Ebusco’s experience with heavy-duty batteries and battery management systems. As part of its Energy Storage Systems (ESS) products, Ebusco has been developing Mobile Energy Containers (MECs) in the last years. These solutions can be perfectly integrated into the ZES concept. ZES’ experience in the inland shipping market and Ebusco’s experience in the electrification of the bus market can increase their joint impact in the maritime sector.
Furthermore, Ebusco has extensive experience in monitoring its entire bus fleet and its charging infrastructure through its dedicated software platform Ebusco Live. This real-time fleet management system and the knowledge and experience gained can be used to further develop the ZES offering and the efficiency of its solutions.
Today’s inland vessel industry shows many similarities with the bus industry ten years ago. At that time, Ebusco pioneered the development of electric buses and associated EV infrastructure. However, the overall landscape and acceptance of electric transport nowadays are now much more advanced, so the transition within inland shipping is likely to happen faster.
Peter Bijvelds, CEO of Ebusco comments: “We are excited about this transaction, an important step for Ebusco in this very promising sector. We are convinced that Ebusco’s participation in ZES can bring accelerated growth in the adoption of electric inland shipping. Together we can lead the way in this virtually untapped market. We are looking forward to working with the other shareholders and the ZES team to make clean, emission-free inland shipping the new standard.”
The transaction will not have a material impact on Ebusco’s financials.