Energy UK has published a new guide for fleets and businesses in Greater London to help them embrace electric vehicles (EVs).
The guide, ‘Connecting your Fleet’, provides clear advice to help firms in the capital understand the impact of EV charging on power supply and explains options to minimise the cost and complexity of a power supply upgrade.
Key points highlighted in the guide include how organisations can make energy efficiency improvements, install chargepoints that can charge smartly or install on-site generation.
Emma Pinchbeck, chief executive of Energy UK said, “To meet our Net Zero target and to improve air quality we need a rapid decarbonisation of transport. This guide will help fleets and businesses plan for the electric vehicle transition.”
Energy UK has led the production of the guide in collaboration with UK Power Networks, and with support from industry experts on the London EV Infrastructure Taskforce, including the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), Transport for London and BEAMA.
Neil Madgwick, Head of Connections at UK Power Networks, added: “We were delighted to be involved in the development of this guide to help London businesses transition to a low carbon future. It provides lots of practical advice and tangible examples that will enable business to get their EV fleets up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The guide is also designed to help businesses better understand the options they have, who to contact for further information and how to make the process quicker and cheaper. It includes case studies of London businesses already introducing electric vehicles to their fleet.
Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Energy UK has produced this guide for fleets that are considering installing EV chargepoints. Our members have told us that this can be a very expensive, confusing and time-consuming experience, particularly where the installation requires an upgrade to the local power supply. This timely guide sets out some of the challenges that can arise and provides some really useful tips and advice on how fleets can make the process quicker and cheaper.”