Fleets urged to sign up to Plugged-in Fleets Initiative 100 programme

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 13:44
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CLEAN: Fleets urged to go electric

Fleets are being urged to enrol on the Government-backed Plugged-in Fleets Initiative 100, to discover if electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles make sense for their businesses.

As part of the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI) – funded by the Department for Transport and Transport for London – the Energy Saving Trust (EST) is undertaking a free bespoke analysis on 100 fleets.

This is to help businesses understand where ultra-low emission vehicles could work for them.

Speaking at the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) conference, Ian Featherstone, Knowledge Manager of the EST, said 28 organisations have signed up so far.

“We are particularly looking for organisations running company cars so we can undertake more vehicle choice comparisons,” he added.

Interested fleets should contact the EST, complete an application form and provide fleet data, including the types of cars and vans operated, usage and mileage patterns.

Applicants must also acknowledge the internal support of a board level director for the potential introduction of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The initiative is open to fleets in England operating vehicles under 3.5tonnes. Participating fleets must commit to:

  • Completing an application form and signing a pledge committing to engage in the initiative and seriously consider the recommendations
  • Sharing live fleet lists, vehicle usage and fuel data with EST
  • Attending two face to face meetings with an EST fleet consultant
  • Sharing high level findings in a public report.

Based on information provided and interviews with an organisation’s fleet decision-maker, the EST team will provide:

  • A detailed report and analysis with recommendations of how plug-in vehicles could work in a business
  • A whole life cost analysis, comparing a fleet’s existing vehicles with suitable plug-in alternatives
  • Infrastructure advice
  • A tailored final report

Further information is available from the EST website at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/pifi or email pifi@est.org.uk.

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