“These are exciting times for electric vehicles (EV’s). We are seeing a clear increase in the uptake of EVs into large-scale fleet operations” says Tim Anderson, Senior Transport Advice Manager at the Energy Saving Trust. This organisation coordinates a European-wide project, the Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE), to help reducing emissions in urban environments by encouraging businesses with large fleets to make the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
Coordinated by the Energy Saving Trust, the project consortium consists of 10 member organisations in the energy and transport sectors to offer advice to urban pan-European fleet operators with free EV usage analysis and consultancy to determine a business case based on a whole-life cost benefit analysis. It is expected this project will help build a policy framework for governments across Europe to create their own EV incentive programmes and gradually increase the uptake of EVs at a national and local level.
Anderson: “As we undertake this project we will gather knowledge that will encourage the development of new EV fleets across Europe. The Energy Saving Trust is proud to be in the driving seat.”
The Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE) project is actively looking for European fleet owners interested in receiving a free business analysis and usage assessment for adopting Electric Vehicles (EVs). Companies will receive custom advice based on concrete needs and will be guided through the entire process, from initial planning, analysis of whole vehicle life costs, to making the switch to EVs.
IRU Projects is one of the partners of I-CVUE to help reduce emissions in urban environments by supporting fleets in their uptake of EVs, which would prove to be a viable alternative, notably for the European taxi sector. The project has set an initial goal to replace 1,000 conventionally-fuelled vehicles in the near future.
Taxi companies interested in receiving a free, custom analysis for introducing electric vehicles to their fleets are invited to contact IRU Projects: Anna.Lipinska@iru.org, or on +32 2 743 25 87. wf
photo: Taxi Electric