EDF to help public sector switch to EVs
EDF has been appointed by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to aid the public sector in its ongoing switch to electric vehicle (EV) fleets.
The agreement covers contracts to support the creation of charging infrastructure required for EVs, providing those in central government, local authorities, hospitals, and other public sector bodies with access to products and services to support the installation of infrastructure, such as charge points.
Public sector bodies will be supported to develop the infrastructure needed to enable the widespread use of electric vehicles, such as for public sector fleets and their workforce, home charging, and vehicle charging facilities which provide a service to the general public in locations such as on-street residential areas and off-street car parks.
To deliver this infrastructure, EDF will work with Pod Point – one of the largest suppliers of EV charging solutions in the UK – which was acquired by EDF earlier this year.
Vincent De Rul, Director of EV Solutions at EDF, said: “We are delighted that the government has confirmed its faith in our capabilities, following the successful supply contract that we already hold with CCS. We are looking forward to continuing to work with government and public sector customers to help deliver the infrastructure that the UK needs.”
EDF has already been working with the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, so it has the infrastructure required to power and charge its new fleet of 15 EVs. Together with its own solar generation and ability to sell surplus energy back to the National Grid, the NHS Trust’s new EV fleet is allowing it to save the equivalent of two nurses’ salaries each year.
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