As the UK government works towards a zero-emissions car and van fleet by 2050, and a ban on new petrol and diesel cars in 2040, logistics companies and fleet operators are facing increasing pressure to move towards electric vehicles.
Avoiding unnecessary capital investment
For large goods vehicles, electric vehicles are developing into the most cost effective option, however, vehicle depots do not often have a sufficient electricity capacity to charge multiple vehicles. This can require a large connection upgrade and capital investment – a cost that is not easy to absorb considering that depots are often rented.
Reducing fleet costs
When running fleets of electric vehicles, reliable and resilient charging is essential to avoid risk of vehicle downtime and charging should not affect other on-site equipment and operations.
Logistics companies and fleet operators need to plan their electric vehicle adoption to ensure it is future-proofed and will eventually reduce costs of operating their fleets.
Investing in new energy technologies
On site generation and storage also needs to be considered when implementing electric vehicles, as unplanned interruptions to supply can interrupt business operations and leave an electric fleet in the depot which is a new risk operators have not seen before.
We work with logistics companies and fleet operators to optimise their existing energy infrastructure, integrate electric vehicle technology and deliver commercial outcomes for the benefit of our clients.
We have designed and delivered a microgrid for UPS, integrating active network management and battery storage system technologies to enable them to electrify their 170 vans operating out of their Kentish Town depot. UPS identified that traditional network reinforcement was not a sustainable model for deploying more electric vehicles from its Kentish Town depot, and appointed us to design, deliver and operate a smart-grid solution.