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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