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Solar EV Charging at Shambala Festival

Onsite Electric Vehicle Charging at Shambala Festival

Energy Revolution members worked together to increase sustainable travel to Shambala Festival this year.

Supplier member, S2VS, took their EV charging service to Shambala Festival this year. It was their first trial at a music festival, with the Shambala team and audience once more leading the way in pioneering new environmental initiatives and willingness to champion innovation.

“Shambala is powered by 100% renewable energy. As part of our strategy to reduce transport-related emissions it was a natural next step to offer electric car charging, using the renewable energy generated onsite.” Chris Johnson (Operations Director, Shambala Festival)

The capacity to charge Electric Vehicles at the event makes travelling electric far more attractive, saving the hassle of finding and stopping at recharge services offsite with a car full of tired festival goers wanting to get home.

How did it work? S2VSsection-off a designated area of the car park specifically for EV Charging and parking. EV car owners simply drop their car and they do the rest, charging, security, reparking – all taken care of by the team.

“Why shouldn’t EV drivers benefit from a few perks for doing the right thing by the environment?? They have the right to driver their own car, van or motorhome to any event, safe in the knowledge they can charge on-site in order to make the journey home as safe and as short as possible.“ S2VS UK

S2VS are already exploring completely green & sustainable solutions for next season, with battery storage and solar PV playing a major role in how the electricity to charge the vehicles is generated, stored and utilised. 

The Big Lemon Solar Bus launch

Powering Electric Buses with The Big Lemon

Big Lemon Bus Company are the latest project that donations from festival audiences and suppliers in 2017 have gone to support. Energy Revolution is lucky enough to have the chance to invest a small percentage of last year’s donations in this pioneering company that is transforming public transport in their local area and taking the steps needed to create the low carbon infrastructure needed in society.

The Big Lemon Bus Company are true sustainable transport heroes; they provide affordable and environmentally sustainable bus services in and around Brighton.  Originally running all the buses on recycled waste cooking oil from local restaurants, The Big Lemon launched the UK’s first solar-powered electric bus in 2017 and they are now converting the entire bus fleet to electric.  The electricity needed to power the buses is provided by solar panels on the roof of the bus depot. Donations will go towards the new electric vehicles needed in order to create the UK’s first fully electric bus network.

The Big Lemon bus have core values of community, sustainability and innovation, and we are proud to be helping them in their mission to “enable everyone to get around their community in an affordable, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable way.” They have produced a guide to Community-Led Transport Initiatives, which is offered free of charge to anyone interested in setting up their own initiative, and they also offer training and mentoring support along the way.

Although they are currently concentrating on local bus networks Big Lemon Buses has been delivering festival-goers sustainably to their favourite events for over 10 years, including Brighton to Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude, Reading, Boomtown, End of the Road and Shambala!

Find out more about the Big Lemon Bus Company– and book your festival ride here!