[GET] First Rapid Charger for Fleet Vehicles Installed in Oxford – Best price


Image Source: Energy Superhub Oxford Project

While cities across Europe report increasing air pollution as lockdown eases, ODS, the company whose frontline staff collect waste and keep Oxford clean, has achieved a major milestone on the road to becoming a zero carbon city, helping to maintain the current lower air pollution levels. The city’s first 50kW rapid electric charger was installed last week at the ODS depot in Marsh road in Cowley as part of the GBP 41 million Energy Superhub Oxford project, led by Oxford City Council and Pivot Power, an EDF Renewables UK company. The charger, produced by innogy eMobility UK, will be capable of replenishing a fleet vehicle battery in just forty minutes to eighty per cent battery capacity. A further 32 fast 22kW chargers have been installed at ODS marking a significant milestone in the ESO project. The project also includes Habitat Energy, Invinity Energy Systems, previously redT energy, Kensa Contracting and the University of Oxford.

While electric vehicle charging points are becoming more common across the country, the six feet tall rapid charging point at the Cowley Marsh depot is significant because it paves the way for the first electric heavy goods vehicle to start work in the city, a vehicle which also happens to be one of the first electric refuse collection vehicle built by original equipment manufacturer, Dennis Eagle, in the UK.

As ODS delivers so many different frontline services for the community on behalf of the council including waste collection, street cleansing, property, highways and parks management, it is an ideal organisation to trial the innovative new electric charging points and vehicles. They can be put to work in a wide variety of situations to prove their efficiency and measure the impact of driving styles, working demands and charging patterns on the battery and vehicle performance.

ODS has 330 vehicles in its fleet, and is aiming to make a quarter of them electric by 2023. In total, 34 new electric vehicles will arrive this year including cars, a street sweeper, an excavator and mix of different sized vans, with most interest focussed on the new refuse collection vehicle, a vast electric vehicle due in Oxford for a trial period later this month.

RFID cards or App authentication allows only authorised drivers to charge their vehicles ensuring the fleet remains operational at all times. ODS will retain control of its charging infrastructure and the data created by its users, and will be able to record results against climate change objectives. For example, when the new electric refuse collection vehicle is in use this one vehicle alone is expected to record a saving of 27 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. When all 27 refuse carts are electric, 750 tonnes less CO2 will be emitted in Oxford per year or the weight of one average car every day.

Source : Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru

[GET] First Rapid Charger for Fleet Vehicles Installed in Oxford – Best price
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