Energy UK publishes guide to electric vehicles

A new guide has been launched by Energy UK to help fleets and businesses in Greater London to embrace electric vehicles (EVs).

The guide, Connecting your Fleet, provides advice to help London businesses understand the impact of EV charging on power supply and explains options to minimise the cost and complexity of a power supply upgrade. Key options to consider, outlined in the guide include making energy efficiency improvements, installing chargepoints that can charge smartly or installing on-site generation, among other options.

Energy UK – the trade association for the GB energy industry – has led the production of this guide in collaboration with UK Power Networks, the network operator responsible for the electricity network covering the majority of Greater London, and with support from industry colleagues on the London EV Infrastructure Taskforce, including the BVRLA, Transport for London and BEAMA.

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. I’d like to thank all the organisations that contributed and have collaborated with us on this guide.”

Christina Calderato, Transport for London’s Head of Transport Strategy and Planning, said: “A rapid switch from highly polluting to electric vehicles is vital if we are to clean up London’s toxic air and stem the tide of climate change. Heavily polluted cities have an impact on their residents, both in shortening people’s lives and affecting the quality of them.

“The economic recovery from the pandemic has to be green and sustainable, so anything that makes it easier for businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles is to be celebrated. This guide gives good practical advice on what industry needs to consider before installing electric charging points and will support the goals of the Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan.”

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