Transport for London (TfL) and the Energy Saving Trust have today (27 August) announced a new project which invites business fleets operating vehicles of up to 12.5 tonnes to map out where the network of rapid chargepoints across Greater London could be located, to support an increase in electric freight vehicles. 

“The ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project will help deliver more efficient electric fleets and improved air quality for all,” explained TfL’s head of freight and fleet programmes Ian Wainwright. “Ensuring the most suitable locations are selected for charging points will vastly improve the efficiency of electric vehicles, helping to make them the economical alternative for fleets. 

“With vans and other lightweight goods vehicles accounting for over three-quarters of the freight miles in London, this project has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to reduced emissions in the capital.”

Strong business case

Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with vehicle scheduling specialists Route Monkey, will analyse fleet telematics and scheduling data and recommend potential locations for rapid chargepoints that could meet the needs of London’s business fleets. 

Each participating fleet in the ‘Rapid Chargepoints’ project will receive a tailored report showing where there is a business case for acquiring electric vehicles within their fleets. The project builds on the Energy Saving Trust’s Plugged-in Fleets Initiative, which helped more than 100 organisations understand how plug-in vehicles could work for them. 

The Energy Saving Trust’s chief executive Philip Sellwood said: “There is a strong business case for the adoption of electric vehicles and this has been shown through our previous work with business fleets. These benefits are particularly prevalent in London, with TfL recognising the potential for electric vehicles supported by rapid charging infrastructure. 

“We are confident that our work through the ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project will provide the information needed to facilitate new electric vehicle infrastructure throughout London.”

Fuel savings

Recent fleet analysis from the Energy Saving Trust revealed potential fuel savings of 75% to organisations and businesses through going electric. Additional savings to London business fleets going electric include 100% capital allowances on zero-emission goods vehicles. 

Businesses looking to take part in the ‘Rapid Chargepoint Mapping’ project can apply online here.

Luke Nicholls

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