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Companies charged up by electric potential

There are lots of cynics around who dismiss electric vehicles, and in the press over the last few weeks there have been a number of articles to reflect these attitudes.

But electric motoring is not so easily dismissed. Yesterday we launched our report that demonstrates that there is a good business case for plug in vehicles for a number of companies across the country.

Plugged-in Fleets Initiative: Charging Forward presents the findings from a Transport for London and Department for Transport funded project.

We worked with a diverse range of companies including Network Rail, London Fire Brigade, Boots UK, and a number of public and private sector organisations across the country. Each fleet received a tailored review, using their own real life vehicle data, to make clear recommendations as to where each company could adopt plug-in vehicles that bring a benefit to their business.

Our analysis showed that a majority of the companies could adopt plug-in vehicles that were both practical, delivering business need, and cost effective. Findings showed that on average a fleet could save 75% off their fleet fuel bills by running pure electric vehicles.

A good example is Boots UK. They have around 1,100 owned and leased small vans and are looking at ways of reducing carbon emissions by using electric vans for its pharmacy delivery service.

Our analysis showed that the firm could save on its fuel and vehicle costs by introducing electric vehicles to its fleet.

Ian Barnes, Transport Sustainability Development Manager, Boots UK, said:

“We’ve been very impressed with the level of detail this study provided. It sets out clearly the savings we could make using electric vehicles and allows us to make the right decision for our fleets.”

Benefits don’t just come from pure electric vehicles. Analysis of Schneider electric’s fleet shows that running an extended range electric vehicle, company car drivers could save as much as £951 per year from company car tax savings alone (that's based on running the car for four years).

The project was delivered in partnership with EDF Energy and Route Monkey. Each fleet was also offered an infrastructure review from EDF Energy. We felt it was really important for fleets to understand the infrastructure implications of investing in new technology, and the costs and practicality of installing recharge points. Route Monkey’s scheduling software enabled fleets to understand how to maximise the mileage of their fleet, which is crucial in reaping the savings from plug-in vehicles that have very low running costs.

The report was launched at City Hall in London by transport minister Norman Baker MP. The minister announced a further £280,000 for an additional 100 fleet reviews over the next financial year.

To be one of the 100 fleets who receive analysis on their fleet you can contact me:

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