Yorkshire Water plans to install up to 1,000 EV charging points across its sites and employees’ homes, as the company strengthens its electric fleet on its journey to net zero.
The first EV charging points will be installed at Yorkshire Water’s training academy in Bradford, where staff use Renault Zoe vehicles and Nissan e-NV200s, delivering training for the firm’s 4,000 employees around the region.
This will be followed by extra installations and upgrades at 81 other Yorkshire Water sites where employees use Zoes, e-NV200s, Nissan Townstar vehicles and the Vauxhall e-Vivaro.
Yorkshire Water has enlisted UK Power Network Services to install and maintain the chargers.
In order to reach net zero by 2030, the water company set out a roadmap, which details a decade of initiatives to install renewables, lower overall energy use, and switch its entire fleet of vans to electric.
Staff that drive an electric van for the company will be able to charge at home, at work, and on-the-go at public chargers.
Nicola Shaw, CEO at Yorkshire Water, said, “We have committed to achieving net zero operational emissions by 2030, and part of that ambition includes transitioning all our vehicles to zero or ultra-low emissions.
“Working with UK Power Networks Services to develop the supporting infrastructure for all our light commercial vehicles to be electric powered is an important step to making that a reality and will allow our teams to use electric vehicles to their full potential.”
Philip Heathcote, Head of Markets at UK Power Networks Services, said, “We often receive enquiries asking how a large vehicle fleet can electrify in a matter of years.
“This project proves that with strong collaborative partnerships, the right strategy and expertise – it can be done.”