Yorkshire Water plans 1,000 EV charge points

Yorkshire Water has announced plans for up to 1,000 EV charge points across its sites and colleagues’ homes.

The move is part of its decade-long roadmap to hit net zero by 2030 and includes plans to install renewables, lower overall energy use, and switch its entire fleet of vans to electric.

Staff that drive an electric van will now be able to charge domestically and at work – as well as on-the-go at public charge points. The first EV charging points will be installed at Yorkshire Water’s training academy in Bradford, where colleagues use Renault Zoes and Nissan e-NV200s and deliver training for the company’s 4,000 employees around the region.

This project will be followed by additional installations and upgrades at a proposed 81 sites where colleagues use Renault Zoes, Nissan e-NV200s, the new Nissan Townstar and the Vauxhall e-Vivaro.

Yorkshire Water has commissioned UK Power Networks Services to install and maintain the chargers.

Nicola Shaw, CEO at Yorkshire Water, said: “We have committed to achieving net zero operational emissions by 2030, and part of that ambition includes transitioning all our vehicles to zero or ultra-low emissions. Working with UK Power Networks Services to develop the supporting infrastructure for all our light commercial vehicles to be electric powered is an important step to making that a reality and will allow our teams to use electric vehicles to their full potential.”

Philip Heathcote, Head of Markets at UK Power Networks Services, said: “We are determined in assisting Yorkshire Water achieve their sustainability targets. We often receive enquiries asking how a large vehicle fleet can electrify in a matter of years. This project proves that with strong collaborative partnerships, the right strategy and expertise – it can be done.”

Image courtesy of Yorkshire Water

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