Charging up the fleet
The world’s largest commercial electric vehicle trial is launching in London in early-2019. The 3,000-vehicle Optimise Prime initiative will look to garner charging data and develop solutions to EV adoption issues faced by fleet managers.
The programme will be vehicle agnostic and includes depot, home, and on-the-road charging scenarios. The test area will include a range of urban, suburban and rural regions across the South East, South Central and East of England.
Optimise Prime comprises a raft of companies, among them Uber, Centrica, and a last-mile delivery company, all of whom will deploy EVS. The projected will be supported by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Hitachi Europe.
The project aims to create a detailed picture of the demands of electric fleet and private hire vehicles with a view to cutting the cost of owning and running electric vehicles.
e-overview: Optimise Prime is a long overdue project but it will fit neatly in London’s transport plans. The Mayor of London is due to launch the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019 to help clean up the city’s toxic air. Most vehicles driving in the ULEZ will need to meet new, tighter emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel within the area.