UK fleets switch-on for EV charging scheme
Boots UK, London Fire Brigade, Network Rail, Surrey County Council, Southwark Council, Tristar, the University of Cumbria, Wm Morrisons PLC, York City Council, and 11 other organisations, will all be shown where electric vehicles can add value to their organisation.
As part of the scheme – which is funded by Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT) – the companies will receive guidance and a strategic plan for the introduction of electric vehicles into their fleets.
Experts from Energy Saving Trust and EDF Energy will undertake analysis on each organisation’s fleet to identify where electric vehicles could best be used by the organisations and in addition, EDF Energy will be providing advice on vehicle recharging.
Kate Armitage, Electric Vehicle manager, EDF Energy said: ‘We are delighted to share our infrastructure expertise to support the smooth implementation of low carbon fleets.’
Caroline Watson of the Energy Saving Trust, said: ‘Our recent Plugged-in Fleets report has shown that organisations can save money now when selectively introducing electric vehicles within their fleets, and our Fleet Advice team can provide practical and impartial recommendations to help companies achieve this.
‘Each of our 20 selected organisations is committed to supporting the environment by building a greener fleet, and we look forward to helping them make this a reality,’ she added.
Nick Fairholme, director responsible for Source London at TfL, said: ‘We are pleased to be able to support these companies to introduce electric vehicles to their fleet. Source London is well on its way to providing the 1300 charge points across London by 2013 to enable companies like these to help increase the take up of electric vehicles, changing the shape of London, and ultimately the UK and delivering cleaner air for all.’
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: ‘Electric vehicles are an essential part of the low-carbon revolution and I am pleased that we have been able to work with the Energy Saving Trust’s on its new ‘Plugged-in Fleets’ electric vehicles scheme.
‘The number of electric vehicles on the market is growing all the time and fleets are already leading the way with adoption of these new technologies – this scheme will make that easier by giving fleet managers the information they need to pick the right vehicle for their business,’ he added.