UK Power Networks Services has introduced the first electric vehicles (EVs) and charge points in to its fleet at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airport depots, and EV charge points at its London City Airport depot.
This follows the announcement that UK Power Networks is trialling eight electric Renault Kangoo vans in its operational fleet, to be powered by on-site solar generation at six locations, to improve air quality for future generations.
Through the introduction of electric vehicles into the UK Power Networks Services fleet, the company will help the airports reduce their overall carbon emissions and support them in achieving their sustainability ambitions.
UK Power Networks Services introduced EVs to its fleet following employee and client feedback. Russell Austin from the company’s Heathrow depot said: “It’s important to start using EVs around the airport to save money and reduce air pollution. As a substation inspector who drives around the airport, I’m proud to be able to say that I’m helping to reduce carbon emissions.”
The company will also use the insight from the trial to help airports and other fleet operators build their EV strategy and business case to deploy electric vehicles into their fleets.
UK Power Networks Services also recently implemented a smart electric vehicle charging system to enable delivery firm UPS to increase the number of 7.5-tonne electric trucks operating from its London site from 65 toall 170. In what is believed to be the first project in the world onthis scale, the solution prevented the need for an upgrade to the power supply connection to the grid. https://www.ukpowernetworksservices.co.uk/