Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has taken delivery of eight Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 panel vans, to be working out of the company’s London depots in Brixton, Camden, Canning Town and Falconwood.
UK Power Networks will use the zero-emissions electric vans to maintain its electricity network that serves homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and EV charge points in and around the capital.
The electricity network has plans to charge the vans using electricity that is solar generated at six of the 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, the company has added the all-electric Renault ZOE supermini to its company car scheme. It is the first time that UK Power Networks has added an EV to its approved car list and the development gives its drivers the option of switching to a more environmentally-compatible vehicle, while at the same time providing them with significant cost savings compared to running a conventionally-powered vehicle.
By adopting the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33s and offering the Renault ZOE to its company car drivers, UK Power Networks believes that it 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, UK Power Networks Director of Network Operations, 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.”