April 26, 2019

Electricity distributor takes steps to electrify its fleet with Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33s

Electricity distributor UK Power Networks is taking steps to electrify its London-based fleet with the delivery of eight Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 panel vans.

In line with its commitment to lower its carbon footprint, the company has plans to charge the zero-emissions vans using electricity that is solar generated at six of its locations.

A total of 27 charge points are being installed at the company’s sites to help keep the vans moving around the clock.

In addition, UK Power Networks has added the all-electric Renault ZOE supermini to its company car scheme – the first EV to make the company’s approved car list.

The electricity distributor believes these additions will deliver an estimated 15 per cent cost saving over the life of the vehicle, with the savings originating from fuel usage, the exemption from Ultra-Low Emission Zone charges, and the availability of government grants.

Patrick Clarke, director of network operations at UK Power Networks, said: “We are leading the development of a smart, flexible grid to support EVs, improve air quality and reduce our carbon footprint. Piloting Renault EVs in our fleet and introducing them to our company car list is improving the environment for communities now and investing in the health of future generations.”

Ricki Sayer, transport fleet manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We selected the Renault Kangoo Z.E 33 for its superior range, comfort and adaptability. It is the first all-electric van we can put to work as a direct replacement of a conventionally-fuelled vehicle, without changing our work pattern or length of journeys and because it is ULEZ compliant, it benefits the environment and our whole life operating cost.”