Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems are part of a nationwide team that design, install, commission and maintain electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure to support fleet transport operators for Land, Rail and Sea at Ports and Airports.

As the preferred electrical infrastructure partner for over 25 years, Powersystems one of the UK’s leading high voltage engineering specialists have been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for The Bristol Port Company.

Bristol Port is preparing its first Air Quality Strategy which will set out long-term plans to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases within the Port Estate, helping to safeguard public health and protecting the environment.  The development of the Strategy gives Bristol Port the opportunity to build on existing environmental initiatives; to continue to make further reductions in emissions from port operations; and work in partnership with others to contribute to clean air initiatives in the wider Bristol and North Somerset area.

As part of the package of measures to contribute towards Bristol Port’s Air Quality Strategy, Bristol Port has reinforced its green credentials by investing in new electric vehicles and associated charging points.

This first stage of converting the Port fleet to electric vehicles will see four diesel fuelled Ford Connect vans replaced, with new zero emission e-NV200 Nissan vans.  This investment includes the installation of electric charging points at both Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, and new state-of-the-art air quality monitors.

Bristol Port requires additional infrastructure within their LV network to facilitate Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), which will enable charging of their new Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles. Powersystems were tasked with the design, installation and commissioning of the required LV infrastructure and EVSE units.

Powersystems provided the solution for supplying and installing two 14.4 kVA rated dual outlets; each outlet rated at 7 kW, the required LV infrastructure to facilitate the EVSE units, civils works and the installation of a back office management system with wireless unit communications which enables Bristol Port to collate data such as how much energy is being consumed and by who.

The Port derives approximately 35% of its electricity from the three 2-megawatt wind turbines on Avonmouth Dock, and continues to take significant steps to be more energy efficient.

Anne Hayes, Environment Manager at the Port said: “The future is green for Bristol Port. The newly acquired electric vans will promote sustainable travel around the docks. The new quiet vans are fully electric and produce zero harmful emissions.

The Port is in the process of installing dedicated twin charging points at both Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks. We are grateful to North Somerset Council for providing contributory funding towards these charging points under the “Go Ultra Low” scheme.  This has helped us to make an essential first step in our transition to a zero emission fleet.” Anne continued to say “Joining the new vans will be two e-bikes that the Port has secured with the help of funding from Travelwest and Bristol City Council.  These pool e-bikes will provide a sustainable means for staff to travel around Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, not only helping to reduce our emissions and carbon footprint, but importantly promoting health and well-being for our employees”.

The works aren’t complete yet, Powersystems anticipate this to be complete by the end of March

Click here to learn more about the environment work at Bristol Port.

Powersystems have been engaging with and assisting the major fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves towards decarbonised transportation.

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Powersystems Announce First Major Bus Electrification in Scotland

Powersystems Announce First Major Bus Electrification in Scotland

Powersystems UK are part of a nationwide team that design, install, commission and maintain electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure for bus and vehicle manufacturers as well as fleet transport operators.

As a leading high voltage engineering specialist, Powersystems have been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for 22 BYD ADL Enviro 200EV buses for First Bus, Glasgow.

As part of the project Powersystems will also be installing the client’s High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) infrastructure, which, will include high voltage substations, transformers, LV distribution switchgear and LV cables connecting to 80 kW electric vehicle charge points.

In parallel Powersystems will be engaging with SP Energy Networks to enable the design and installation of the HV assets from the connection point to the metering substation which will be adopted by Scottish Power.

Mark Tanner, Contracts Manager at Powersystems said, “There are a number of factors you need to consider when upgrading local electricity network for your bus or fleet infrastructure projects. Early engagement is key to enable clients to secure grid capacity.”

The delivery of this project will be overseen by Gary West, Engineering Director for First Bus in Scotland, he said: “We are delighted to be working alongside SP Energy Networks and Powersystems UK to future proof our depot with the installation of 22 Electric Vehicle charging points as part of our electric bus launch. This project will see us introduce the first fully electric commercial bus service to Glasgow. The installation of the Electric Vehicle charging points also allows us to plan for and consider more fully electric vehicles for future fleet investment.”

First Bus continues to invest in a modern fleet, manufactured in Scotland by Alexander Dennis.

The electric buses are being fully funded as part of SP Energy Networks £20million Green Economy Fund, which supports Glasgow’s mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city by 2030. It also contributes to the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to meet climate change targets, boost local economic growth, improve air quality across the country and deliver a better future, quicker for their communities. Powersystems have been engaging with and assisting the major bus and fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves towards decarbonised transportation.

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Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

In a bid to attract new users of electric vehicles and early users of charging points, Rotherham Council are making electric vehicle charging available for free until the end of the financial year.

From 1 October 2019 until the end of March 2020, electric car owners will be able to charge their vehicles for free at all Rotherham Council owned charging points.

Since 2015, the council has been installing charging points in car parks throughout the borough. The new charging points came from a series of government grants as a way to improve air quality and reach climate change targets.

Normally, users will require a membership charge card or smartphone app to operate them, through which they can pay for their charges. However, the next five months will offer free charging for the people of Rotherham. Charges for actually parking in these car parks still apply.
Electric vehicle numbers are on the rise and they are providing a cheaper and cleaner alternative to traditional cars.

Per mile, electric cars are an average of 13.9p cheaper to run than their petrol counterparts.

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for Jobs & the Local Economy, Councillor Denise Lelliott, said:
“There are many benefits to owning an electric car including lower running costs and no road tax. The introduction of more charging points across the borough will make it easier to charge your vehicle in the future, with the added benefit of free charging until March 2020.

“The charging points are part of the Council’s continued investment into our communities, and supports our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions. Electric cars are more sustainable and less polluting alternative, particularly compared with diesel cars.”

The charging points included in the scheme are:

  • Drummond Street (town centre)
  • Scala Car Park (town centre)
  • Wellgate Multi-story Car Park
  • Walker street Car Park, Swinton
  • Clifton Park Museum
  • Rawmarsh Library
  • Aston Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wath Upon Dearne Community Library Car Park
  • Thyrbergh County Park
  • Rother Valley Country Park – Visitor Centre

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Government EV charging fund to kick off with Masdar-backed spend to double rapid charging network

Government EV charging fund to kick off with Masdar-backed spend to double rapid charging network

The UK government has formally unveiled its new £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF), boasting a maiden investment from UAE renewables investment group Masdar.

That investment, provided by both the government and Masdar, is valued at £70 million and will be used to more than double the UK’s rapid charge point infrastructure over the next five years.

It’s intended that the investment will take the number of rapid chargers installed in the UK to 5,000, of which 2,000 are already installed.

The CIIF was first announced in July 2018, prompting a lengthy search for a fund manager. Zouk Capital was then announced as the government’s preferred bidder in February this year, and has now been formally handed the reins to the CIIF.

Speaking to Current± after that news, Zouk senior partner Colin Campbell said its fundamental interest would remain in charging networks and EV charging technologies.

Government has also today announced a review to explore EV charge point infrastructure across major road networks, which is aimed to educate investment destinations.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said that while there is already a rapid chargepoint at almost every motorway service station in the UK, he wanted to see “thousands more” installed.

“This fund will help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector, so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smart phone,” he said.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer at Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, otherwise known as Masdar, said that the announcement built on its existing track record of successful partnerships in the UK, which includes investments in floating wind, battery storage and R&D.

“As one of the cornerstone investors into the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, working alongside the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Zouk Capital, we hope to encourage closer collaboration between government and the private sector in promoting the wider use of electric vehicles and green transport – here in the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and other counties,” he said.

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DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express has launched 10 electric courier vans in London as part of its UK fleet. The rollout of the Renault ZE Masters vans is the first stage in DHL Express’ plan to run 400 electric vehicles in its UK-wide fleet by 2025.

The vehicles have a range of approximately 75 miles (120km) and a payload capacity of 10m3 (350ft3). They are fully direct-load capable, which is the operating standard for DHL Express, with parcels stored on shelves in the vehicle to protect them from damage and increase delivery efficiency. This first group of vans will be serving customers from service centers around London.

Richard Crook, director of fleet at DHL Express, said, “We’re delighted to be able to announce the roll-out of 10 new best-in-class electric vehicles as part of our UK courier fleet.

“In our ambition to become the most environmentally friendly provider on the market we have to balance the needs of customers with protecting and respecting the planet. Recent innovations in battery range and battery technology mean we can now deploy these more sustainable vehicles as part of our fleet and be confident in their ability to meet operational requirements, reducing our reliance on internal combustion engines.”
Both these vans and the existing best-in-class Euro VI diesel fleet are fully compliant with the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone standard, and ongoing investment has seen more than 900 vehicles replaced over the past three years.

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said, “Freight and servicing are the lifeblood of London’s economy, but it is important that we work to reduce its impact on our capital’s toxic air and global climate change. Alternatives to diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as electric vehicles and cycle freight, can help to make London healthier and safer for everybody and I’m pleased to see companies such as DHL investing in new ways of doing freight.”

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Whistl trialing the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE

Whistl trialing the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE

Whistl trialling the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE to be licensed on UK roads

Delivery management company Whistl has announced that it is trialling the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE to be licensed on UK roads.

The all-electric 3.1 tonne van has a range of around 100 miles (160km) and is being trialled in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Whistl on day-to-day operations, collecting business mail and parcels.

Working with Renault, Whistl is looking at ways of reducing emissions across its 400 strong fleet of vans and HGVs and is keen to embrace new technology to enable it to reach its goal of a sustainable transport strategy.

Phil Brown, depot manager at Belfast, said, “The vehicle is a revelation and the drivers love it. It is quiet yet the acceleration is immediate and driving it is no different from a normal van. The emissions are zero and the anticipated cost of running it are so much lower than traditional diesel.”

Baz Barrett, Whistl’s national fleet and compliance manager, added, “It is vital that we as a business continue to look at new technologies and adapt our fleet in this way. We already have an excellent relationship with BRS/Renault Trucks and so when we knew this 100% electric vehicle was coming to market, we wanted to see how we could integrate it into our fleet in core urban areas. From the feedback so far, it works really well and there is great scope to introduce it into our fleet now to enable us to reduce our carbon and NOx footprint.”

Graham Neagus, head of LCV on behalf of BRS and Renault, said, “Renault Trucks and BRS are delighted to be working with Whistl to help them enter the world of electromobility with the new Renault Trucks Master ZE.

“This vehicle is available in a wide range of styles, is ideal for parcel deliveries carrying over 1,000kg [2,200 lb] payload, and is able to cover 100 miles [160km] per charge – and all with zero emissions.

“Our clients in cities across Europe are placing orders now for the Master ZE, which is one of three full-electric products from Renault Trucks, including both 16 and 26 tonne rigid HGVs.”

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