London fleets to shape capital’s EV infrastructure

29 August 2014 #SMMT News

The Energy Saving Trust and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a new initiative to help businesses in Greater London increase their use of ultra-low emission vans and light trucks.

Working with local businesses, the ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project will identify potential locations for rapid chargers in the capital by analysing fleet telematics and scheduling data.

London-based fleets operating vehicles of up to 12.5 tonnes are invited to take part in the programme. Each participant will receive a tailored report, showing whether there is a business case for acquiring ultra-low emission vehicles onto its fleet.

Phillip Sellwood, the Energy Saving Trust’s Chief Executive, said, “There is a strong business case for the adoption of electric vehicles and this has been shown through our previous work with business fleets. These benefits are particularly prevalent in London, with TfL recognising the potential for electric vehicles supported by rapid charging infrastructure.

“We are confident that our work through the ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project will provide the information needed to facilitate new electric vehicle infrastructure throughout London.”

Ian Wainwright, TfL’s Head of Freight and Fleet Programmes, said, “The ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project will help deliver more efficient electric fleets and improved air quality for all. Ensuring the most suitable locations are selected for charging points will vastly improve the efficiency of electric vehicles, helping to make them the economical alternative for fleets. With vans and other lightweight goods vehicles accounting for over three-quarters of the freight miles in London, this project has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to reduced emissions in the capital.”

To take part in the ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project, see the Energy Saving Trust’s website.


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