SES Water, the first EV customer of UK-based B2B energy supplier Drax, has invested in 16 new charging points and is initially replacing 10 of its 120 strong fleet of diesel vans with electric vehicles. The switch will result in a carbon saving of an estimated 43 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Jonathan Kini, Drax Retail CEO (Drax)
The comprehensive service provided to SES Water by Haven Power, part of Drax Group, includes charging infrastructure and operating software, the leasing of EVs, supporting devices such as vehicle telematics, and the renewable electricity needed to power the vehicles.
Drax, which is the biggest supplier of renewable electricity to businesses in the UK, will also supply SES Water with telematic systems to allow usage data from the trial to be monitored, paving the way for a broader roll out plan and potential ‘vehicle to grid’ trials at SES Water.
Henrietta Stock, Energy and Carbon Manager at SES Water said, “We have already significantly reduced our carbon emissions over the last year and working with Drax has enabled us to create a bespoke EV solution so we can understand exactly how to save the most energy, further lowering both our carbon emissions and our costs.”
The service Drax is providing includes expert advice to determine what kind of vehicles and systems will work best for customers, analysis of different charging methods to minimize fleet downtime as well as data to help companies use their fleet efficiently.
Jonathan Kini, Drax Retail CEO, commented, “We know from supplying energy to our customers that no two businesses are alike, so a ‘one size fits all’ approach won’t deliver what they all need. Instead, we are working with customers like SES Water as an energy partner, to offer each of them a solution tailored to their specific needs.”