Sharing Practical Learnings from Large Scale EV Deployments

Wednesday 24th November 2021
10:00  -  10:50

Theatre :  Built Environment and Transport 


As businesses across the country seek to set new ways of working, many are re-focusing on their net zero targets and supporting the nation’s green recovery. With transport generating the largest volume of CO2 in the UK, at about 30% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, transitioning to a zero-emission fleet is the obvious place to start.

However, large scale electric vehicles deployment can be a daunting task for many companies looking to make the switch.

Mitie, National Grid, DPD will provide first-hand advice from their meteoric deployments.

The session will arm you with key considerations when planning EV charging infrastructure and provide you with practical advice on how to overcome many of the challenges lying ahead such as

  • Availability of 3.5t electric vehicles,
  • range limitations but have we’ve focused on what can be achieved within the ability,
  • TCO
  • Home / Public / Depot charging

Simon King, Director of Sustainability, Social Value & Fleet at Mitie said

Transitioning to EVs is more about infrastructure than just buying new vehicles – it’s creating an integrated energy system, which happens to have cars and vans attached. This brings a broad range of issues, from employee training and charge point installation through to creating new business policies and processes, making a start can be overwhelming.”

Mitie has passed the landmark of 1,000 electric vehicles (EV) in its fleet having obtained its first large van with the arrival of a Vauxhall Vivaro-e. This is the first of 655 Vivaro-e vans currently on order to be delivered by the end of the year. With over 1,000 pure electric cars, vans and other commercial vehicles, Mitie is believed to currently have the UK’s largest fleet of zero emission vehicles on the roads. Mitie has pledged to have 2,021 EVs in its fleet by the end of 2021 as it drives towards its overarching commitment to have a fully electric fleet by the end of 2025.

Lorna McAtear, UK Fleet Manager at National Grid, said:

There’s huge potential to drive net-zero ambitions by transforming the fleet industry to electric vehicles. Viable electric cars and vans weren’t around five years ago, and it’s exciting to see the progress that’s being made to find feasible solutions in the market.”

In the UK, the commitment includes replacing the entire commercial fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2030 and replacing 60% of all fleets in Electricity Transmission and 30% of all fleets in Gas Transmission with alternatively fueled, zero-emission vehicles.
She added:

It’s no longer just about the right vehicle for the right job, it’s about the right fuel type at the right time.”

Olly Craughan, Head of CSR at DPD Group UK

Having previously worked as Depot General Manager and Operations Manager when he first joined DPD in 2012, his role supports DPD UK in leading the way in green and sustainable delivery, successfully growing the company’s electric delivery fleet. Other projects include launching DPD’s ambitious Vision 25-25-25 strategy to deliver zero emissions to 25 towns and cities across the UK by the end of 2025. DPD UK is the leader in the transition to sustainability and emobilty. Their sustainability mission includes their depots, hubs and offices, all powered by 100% renewable electricity and 100% of waste avoiding landfill, of which 70% is recycled.

We delivered 11.2million parcels on our all-electric fleet, zero emissions’ and it doesn’t stop there” said Olly Craughan, Head of CSR at DPD. Their fleet is already 10% electric, with bolder ambitions moving forward.”

Lorna-McAtear Fleet manager National GridLorna McAtear Fleet Manager, Global Procurement
National Grid
Olly Craughan Head of CSR DPDOlly Craughan Head of CSR
DPD Group U.K. Ltd
Simon King Director of Sustainability, Social Value and Fleet MitieSimon King Director of Sustainability, Social Value and Fleet

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