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UK Power Networks calls on SMEs to voice views on EV

UK Power Networks is calling on SMEs in the South East to voice their future requirements for transport so it can help them make the switch to electric vehicles (EV).

The SME opinion survey is open until December 21 and is part of UK Power Networks' White Van Plan project that aims to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their electric transport journey across London, the South East and the East of England.

UKPN says this could result in "quicker, easier and cheaper access to the network for SMEs wishing to transition to electric vehicles".

It said this would also help save money by avoiding "costly infrastructure upgrades".

Ian Cameron, head of customer services and innovation at UK Power Networks, said: “We know that small businesses will play a huge role in achieving net zero, and that each company is different with a unique set of needs and pressures.

“That’s why we’re asking small businesses owners and their representatives to get involved and tell us what help they need and how they work. That way, we can understand what the switch to electric vehicles might look like for the sector and develop products to support them.”

UK Power Networks says SMEs play a ‘huge part’ in reaching the Government net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, but may not have the information, time or resources to make the transition to EVs.

White Van Plan aims to create detailed picture of SMEs transport use in the regions, the company says.

According to the company, over 99,000 EVs are registered in London, the South East and East of England and UK Power Networks forecasts that by 2030 there could be up to 3.6m.

UK Power Networks says it will also use the information to investigate new smart charging-based solutions, to free up spare network capacity and save money for customers and SMEs. 

David Savage, managing director of small business Savage and Sons Electrical, (pictured) who has already shared his views for the project, said: “I’ve been thinking about switching to electric transport for years. I firmly believe it’s an important step and it’s only going to become more necessary in the future.

“For small companies to be interested in EVs, it is vital they understand the potential financial benefits and get extra support, especially during the challenges we are facing right now. It’s great to hear about projects like this aimed at helping companies like ours.”

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