Britain’s largest electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, has bought three new Peugeot iOns to join its fleet.
The electric vehicles (EVs) will be driven in London and Kent by engineers and technical staff working on connections, maintenance, upgrades and Low Carbon London business. They have a range of 93 miles and the company has installed specialist charging infrastructure at its offices in Canning Town, Elephant and Castle, Maidstone, Dartford and Eltham.
Rapid charging points will achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes, while it would take seven hours to charge the vehicles from a normal domestic electricity supply.
The new cars will automatically become part of UK Power Networks’ Low Carbon London electric vehicle trials, which are studying the habits of London’s EV drivers. The research will help determine the most cost-efficient way for electricity distributors to meet demand from a rapid sudden growth in electric cars to ultimately inform system development and reduce costs to customers. Currently, the trials are monitoring 51 commercial charge points, 720 publicly-accessible charging points and 31 residential charge points, which will increase over the coming months.
UK Power Networks already has 75 Toyota Prius hybrid electric cars, plus about 1,100 mainly diesel vehicles.