Amey begins trialling 10 electric vehicles on five of its UK contracts this month to work out what is required to transition its fleet from fossil fuel to electric power.
For the test, 10 Vauxhall eVivaros used by Amey’s Highways, waste and FM divisions will be used to determine the requirements needed from the vehicles for each of the sectors.
Working with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Amey is continuing to reduce carbon emissions by adopting alternative fuel vehicles. Taking a lead from government and other sustainability bodies that are reducing and banning the sale of certain types of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, this test will aid understanding of the capabilities of current electric vehicle offerings in the light commercial vehicle market, and how they would suit wide-ranging service delivery demands of the FM contracts Amey delivers.
Tom Lawless, Amey’s group fleet and plant director, said: “We can then plan for this and ensure we have the necessary solutions in place that facilitate the continued operational effectiveness we expect from our vehicles.
“The benefits to using electric and cleaner alternate fuels are clear. Ensuring we play our part and proactively take steps towards reducing carbon emission to improve the air quality in and around the communities our vehicles operate in, is a responsibility we take seriously.
“Having already made significant progress in reducing the carbon output of our car fleet, we’re looking forward to continuing our work with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions and analysing the results from this particular trial to help us transition to green vehicle fuel solutions for our commercial vehicle fleet.”
The six-month trial will also help Amey understand how electric vehicles could be charged and what further infrastructure might be needed to make sure its fleet is fully functioning.
Jon Lawes, managing director for Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, said: “Through our expertise and experience in helping complex fleets cost-effectively transition to electric vehicles in line with their operational requirements, this trial will support Amey’s zero-emissions fleet strategy.
Amey’s Streets Ahead contract in Sheffield has been using electric vehicles on the contract since 2016, replacing 20 diesel vehicles with electric and running two hydrogen vehicles as part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The contract was also the first in Amey’s network to trial two vans that use a hydrogen fuel cell to extend the range of power the battery gives to approximately 200miles.
Amey began working with the Carbon Trust last year on reviewing its approach to carbon management, as well as establishing a Carbon and Climate Change Working Group to speed up carbon-reduction activities and contribute to wider industry action and progress. The company has so far removed all traditional internal combustion engine vehicles from its Company Car Choices List, and offers Green Driver Training, and increased its cycle to work limit to give employees access to electric bikes, as well as transitioning its energy procurement to 100 per cent renewable energy.
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