Focusing on Air Quality - driving down costs and improving our environmental credentials

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This case study shows how we took Herts Independent Living Service on a journey to meet their budgetary and environmental objectives and improve air quality through fleet electrification

Having understood the challenges Herts Independent Living Service were facing we helped them to build a business case with real world data, enabling them to rollout electrification of their fleet with full confidence

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About Herts Independent Living Service

Herts Independent Living Services operates a 7-days-a-week ‘meals on wheels’ service within Hertfordshire, alongside other business offerings.

Its fleet comprises of Hyundai i10 and i30 and Nissan Micra. Vehicles operate a typical six-hour business day, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, seven days a week, out of one of four business locations in Hertfordshire, St Albans, Ware, Letchworth and Hemel Hempstead. All of the vehicles surveyed were stored at these locations each night.

The Challenge

Our clients objectives in this instance were twofold:

  1. To improve the organisation’s environment credentials, with a particular focus on air quality,
  2. To simultaneously reduce fleet operational costs.

Electric Blue worked with our client to focus on how electric vehicles (EVs) can support these objectives, and specifically on which vehicles/routes could be changed to EVs, and what supporting charger infrastructure is needed. The process has 3 stages for the evaluation, recommendation and adoption of EVs.

The challenges also include alleviating any potential concerns around range and scope for expanding future operations.

Our Solution - EVolve

We undertook an assessment using real world vehicle data from telematics installed in HILS vehicles and modelled how EVs would have performed under the same conditions. This approach ensures that the findings and recommendations accurately reflect the normal business operations of the HILS fleet.

Based on the data gathered, Electric Blue recommended a program of conversion to EVs for the vehicles evaluated.

On a monthly basis we compiled a report allowing us to show HILS the savings they were making now they were using an electric vehicle. The reports showed that typically the Nissan Leaf travelled less than 20 miles a day, less than 25% of the total range. At less than 400 miles a month, this was at the smaller end of the daily mileage totals that had been analysed, but proved the concept.

The Results

The key figures from the telematics showed that on on a monthly basis, even at the low mileage rates, the Nissan Leaf was saving HILS around £55 a month, and was costing them as little as £20 per week to run (even when including vehicle servicing and Road Tax costs).

In addition to the actual vehicle savings, electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion charge, and as such saved an additional £250 a month, even if the running costs were the same (they aren’t - electric vehicles are cheaper to run and maintain). This extrapolates to more than £2,650 per year.

The trial proved so successful that HILS are now running with two 100% electric vehicles, and are looking to electrify the remainder of their fleet as and when vehicles are required to be replaced.

All in all, a very successful trial - analysis, to proof of concept, leading to a wider take up of electric vehicles. Saving money and reducing emissions - driving clean air for the next generation.

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