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Plan now to electrify your fleets, energy expert urges

With the sale of most new petrol and diesel vans due to end in less than nine years (with hybrids due to be phased out in 2035), the race is on for van operators to electrify their vehicle fleets and install charging facilities at their depots.

At Logistics UK’s Van Policy Working Group yesterday (9 June 2021), guest speaker Sophie Sudworth from SP Energy Networks urged van operators to begin planning to electrify their fleets without delay.

“Understand your current connections to the electricity network and energy usage, work out your future power needs as soon as you can, and make contact with your distribution network operators, especially if you are a nationwide customer or if you have multiple depot locations,” she said. “Get us involved early and we will give you pre-application support.”

The distribution network operators (DNOs) own and operate the power lines and infrastructure, and van operators looking to upgrade their electricity supply to their depots are urged to contact the DNOs where their sites are located.

Denise Beedell, Policy Manager – Vans and Urban, Logistics UK, said: “We were delighted that Sophie Sudworth from SP Energy Networks joined our Van Policy Working Group to give an overview of how van operators can electrify their depots. The most important thing I took away from it is that it isn’t something you can just dial up and get delivered next week, it is a big project. And it’s starting that conversation with your network as soon as possible which is vitally important.”


Published On: 10/06/2021 17:00:01


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