8 October 2020 – The serious threat posed by air pollution in the UK and beyond has galvanised many organisations into developing strategies to reduce their emissions, particularly from vehicles. In order to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality, organisations and local authorities that operate vehicle fleets have taken steps to switch from NOx producing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, to cleaner electric powered vehicles as their chosen method of transportation.

With an accelerating shift towards Electric Vehicles (EVs),the expansion of the UK’s charging infrastructure is vital to support this change.

Many city-based van fleets are already making the switch to electric, with considerable reductions in emissions – as well as significant savings on lifecycle costs (savings vary with the type of vehicle). The government continues to support organisations making the change to electric by providing grants for both the purchase of EVs as well as workplace charging equipment required to keep them fully fuelled & operationally ready.

Financial benefits of electric vehicles

  • Fuel costs are typically around 66% less; 100 miles in an electric vehicle costs £4-6, compared to £13-16 in a petrol or diesel (Energy Saving Trust figures).
  • Lower maintenance costs due to fewer moving parts, so average service costs are less.
  • Pure electric vehicles (i.e. not hybrids) have zero Vehicle Excise Duty.

Types of EVs

BEV (Battery EV) is a vehicle powered solely by a battery charged from mains electricity. Propulsion is always electric.

PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) is a vehicle with a battery and an internal combustion engine. Propulsion may be electric or by internal combustion, depending on road conditions and battery status.

E-REV (Extended Range EV), also known as a Range Extender, is a version of PHEV where the battery is powered by a petrol or diesel generator on board the vehicle. The propulsion is always electric.

With vehicle manufacturers continuously launching new vehicles to EV ranges, with increasing battery capacity and overall range – there’s now a wide selection of vehicles available to businesses.

The transition to EV also needs to be carefully planned, with realistic targets. For example, in 2017 ENGIE announced its commitment to begin switching to EVs, with an initial target of 20% of the vehicle fleet being electric by 2020. This has seen the introduction of hundreds of EVs over the last three years. The £600,000 investment includes installation of charging facilities at ENGIE offices, customer sites and employees’ homes. Further information can be found here.

Helping customers on their own journey:

Every organisation will have unique requirements depending on their fleet profile and usage. There are however, several key aspects to consider, a number of which are listed below, including cost benefit analysis and operational considerations – both are essential to gain executive sign-off, even within companies with principle-based leadership.

 

As well as adopting our own EV strategy we are keen to support your organisation on the road to a zero carbon future.

Partnering with ENGIE enables our customers to access a range of convenient, end-to-end charging solutions to meet your exacting requirements. To support your transition to greener transport solutions, our expert customer service team is on hand 24/7 ready to help. Find out more about workplace charging here.

Drivers also feel safe in the knowledge that ENGIE’s GeniePoint Network offers publicly available rapid and reliable charging facilities across the UK. https://www.geniepoint.co.uk/ 

> Find out more about how we’re supporting Biffa’s sustainability strategy through providing EV charging solutions across their UK sites powered by GeniePoint

> Read how ENGIE’s GeniePoint Network is supporting the sustainability-focused redevelopment of Bristol’s tallest building

> Find out more about our initiative to provide a new network of at least 88 rapid electric vehicle charging points across West Yorkshire

For more infromation about ENGIE EV Solutions, contact info.evs@engie.com

Clean Air Day

Alongside our own commitments, ENGIE partners with Clean Air Day to inspire change that will make a positive and long-lasting difference for everyone in the country. This partnership aligns perfectly with our company ethos and objectives, which focus on improving air quality, operating efficiencies and carbon reduction –contributing to our purpose of making zero carbon happen.

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