Our team at WGM Engineering have recently become one of the first engineering companies in Scotland to trial a full electric (EV) light commercial vehicle. Managing the environmental impacts of our business is central to our operations and investigating ‘sustainable’ transport options is a crucial step for WGM. Additionally, our efforts concentrated on understanding the Electric Vehicle Charging solutions available when trialling the vehicle.
The Renault Kangoo i-Van ZE33 Business has undergone a wide range of EV operational performance examinations, including; handling/manoeuvrability, range, payload and braking. Refuelling the vehicle is a significant difference, and this trial has highlighted a few of the practical differences of using an Electric Vehicle for our staff, relative to our conventional petrol and diesel vehicles.
The lessons learnt in this trial will prove very useful in any future EV rollouts. One of the challenges experienced by employees was accessing Charge points when away from our depots, which illustrates the requirement for a significant increase in EV Chargepoint installations in Scotland.
The good news is that an increasing number of organisations recognise the requirement to provide EV charging facilities for members of staff, customers and the general public. WGM is now established as an OLEV approved EV charging infrastructure supplier and installer. Whatever your requirements are, WGM will provide complete EV charging solutions and can support organisations that want to provide EV charging facilities.
Learn more about electric vehicles, their benefits such as lower running costs, how to charge, and more about the grants that are available by visiting the Energy Saving Trust website.