UK Power Networks is taking steps to electrify its London-based fleet with a delivery of eight Renault Kangoo Van ZE 33 panel vans.
The electricity distributor has plans to charge the vans, which will work out of its depots in Brixton, Camden, Canning Town and Falconwood, using electricity that is generated at six of its 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 electric Renault Zoe supermini to its company car scheme.
It is the first time UK Power Networks has added an EV to its approved car list.
Patrick Clarke, director of network operations at UK Power Networks, 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.”
Ricki Sayer, transport fleet manager at UK Power Networks, added: “We selected the Renault Kangoo ZE 33 for its superior range, comfort and adaptability.
“It is the first all-electric van we can put to work as a direct replacement of a conventionally-fuelled vehicle, without changing our work pattern or length of journeys and because it is ULEZ compliant, it benefits the environment and our wholelife operating cost.”