The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Tuesday, 22 October

Heading Down Electric Avenues

Engie has announced its commitment to begin switching to an electric vehicle (EV) fleet to improve air quality and help meet its decarbonisation targets for 2020 and beyond.

The UK business has made a commitment that 20% of the vehicle fleet will be electric by 2020 with a long-term target of zero diesel vehicles by 2025.

The programme will begin in the second half of 2017, with Engie switching to 395 electric vehicles over the next three years and ensuring none of the 1,825 vehicle fleet is diesel by 2025.

This project involves an investment of more than £600,000 into building an infrastructure to support the electric vehicles, including charging points at key UK offices, customer sites and in homes of employees.

Improving air quality is becoming an increasingly important issue in the UK and this programme will contribute towards tackling Engie’s air pollution associated with transportation.

 

Air Quality App

This commitment coincides with the launch of an Engie Air Quality App developed in partnership with King’s College London which will help both employees and customers to walk and cycle using the lowest pollution routes across London.

Wilfrid Petrie, CEO of Engie in the UK & Ireland, said: “This is an exciting programme which looks to position Engie as a front runner in green mobility whilst capitalising on our newly acquired EV charging capabilities following Engie’s purchase of EV-Box. There are many benefits including improved air quality, carbon reduction and operating efficiencies, all of which support our goal of improving the lives of the communities and clients that we serve.”

 

More from Engie

Engie regards transportation to be a major focus of development. Transportation is responsible for 23% of CO2  emissions in the world (and even 30% in Europe); 95% of the energy consumed by this sector comes from oil. Today, the transformation to mobility that is less CO2 emitting, less polluting, and less congested essential, particularly in cities where three out of every four people will live by 2050. To meet this challenge, Engie is developing urban planning advisory activities, solutions for public transport (electrification, signal system installations, service optimization), alternative fuels (including electric mobility and natural gas) and digital platforms to improve traffic fluidity.

Picture: Engie will begin switching to electric vehicles with £600,000 spent installing charging points at offices, customer sites and staff homes. An Air Quality App will help walkers and cyclists to use the lowest pollution routes across London

 

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

Share



Related Articles

Driving the Air Quality and Congestion Argument

Former racing driver and Confused.com motoring Editor Amanda Stretton says she has a solution for the impact cars have on air quality. She says: “The air...

 Read Full Article
Making EV Accessible - BP Agrees Chargemaster Charge

June 28 saw BP enter into an agreement to purchase Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company. Chargemaster operates the UK’s largest...

 Read Full Article
Driverless Car Testing On M40 Corridor

Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry has said a new co-ordination hub for connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies will be created. The hub will...

 Read Full Article
Air Action Due - Diesel and Petrol Banned?

  The government, in the form of Environment Minister Michael Gove, confirmed on Wednesday 26 that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel...

 Read Full Article
Electric Spells End to ICE Age

Volvo Cars, the Chinese car firm, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that have only an...

 Read Full Article
Notify Me When Parking Space is Free

Apps that notify motorists of congestion and available parking spaces and real time journey information for visually impaired passengers, are just some of the projects...

 Read Full Article
More Automated Vehicles = Less Congestion

Driverless cars could significantly reduce delays according to a new study by the Department for Transport. The project used computer software to create virtual models...

 Read Full Article
We Love ULEVs (Ultra Low Emission Vehicles)

A record number of new ultra low emissions vehicles are appearing on Britain's roads according to figures published by the Department of Transport. Department for...

 Read Full Article
Getting Plugged into the Electric World

The uptake of plug-in cars has reached a record high in the UK with more than 115 electric cars registered every day during the first quarter of 2016. In total,...

 Read Full Article
Electric Dreams Nearer To Reality

Donald Trump's favourite mayor, London's Sadiq Khan, has set out plans for a major expansion of London’s electric vehicle charging...

 Read Full Article