Gary Stalker explains how SSE Business Energy’s green EV contract can help drive your business forward.
Gearing up for the future is vital as a transport revolution takes place. Electric vehicles (EVs) offer a major solution to emissions, air and noise pollution. And while their range and speed are going up, their cost is coming down. What was once an electric dream is now reality, and as many as 36 million EVs could be on UK roads by 2040.1
Committed to hitting net zero greenhouse gases by 2050, the UK government is steering the push for electrification and moving away from fossil fuels. It aims for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission from 2040.2 And by then, electric buses are set to hold 81% of municipal bus sales worldwide.3
In turn, companies are under pressure to lighten our carbon footprints and reduce dependency on brown energy from fossil fuels. Currently, 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions come from transport. And with businesses owning over half of all registered vehicles it’s crucial that companies lead the shift to electric.4
As a company focused on building a better world of energy for tomorrow, helping accommodate 10 million EVs in the UK by 2030 is one of SSE’s four fundamental goals. Today, we’re proud to offer a dedicated green electricity contract to help companies with EV fleets save money. It’s good for your business and for the environment.
Switching to electric cars or vans could save you thousands of pounds, thanks to government grants, tax breaks, fuel savings and reduced servicing costs. UK businesses and fleets can save an estimated 20-30% in upkeep and repair costs alone compared with petrol or diesel vehicles.5
Going electric can also help your business enhance its green credentials, stand out from the competition, and deliver on corporate responsibility pledges to cut carbon emissions. Reducing air pollution on our roads is the tangible side of this, but we need to cut pollution from generating electricity, too.
Choosing SSE EV means supporting cleaner power, as the contract is based on SSE Green 100% renewable energy. The electricity used is matched to generation from SSE’s wind and hydro assets, backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) and verified by EcoAct (a CDP Accredited Provider).
SSE has the largest renewable electricity capacity across the UK and Ireland, with the opening of Beatrice offshore wind farm in July 2019 increasing this to around 4GW. And the group is investing more, to treble renewable output to 30TWh a year by 2030, so we can provide the energy needed in a low-carbon world.6
Petrol and diesel pump prices go up and down, but you can fix your electricity price with an SSE EV contract. Our SSE Protect rates give you budget certainty for up to four years.
Larger organisations that know their consumption and want to optimise daily can opt for our SSE Dynamic flexible rates, offering daily consumption management with cash out.
You can also charge your EV vehicles for less by using off-peak electricity at night. Saving money is important to most businesses, but the benefits of time-of-use tariffs go beyond this.
Incentivising consumers to use energy when it’s readily available helps reduce load on the grid. It’s greener because there’s less need to fire up high carbon generators to meet demand. And it helps keep businesses running by securing the UK’s power supply, reducing the risk of planned outages and sudden blackouts.
On top of this, EVs can help you manage your fleet by giving you energy usage data, via a smart meter and a tool like our Clarity online platform. For example, you could see when lorries are charging and plan routes better, or identify a vehicle that’s taking twice as long to charge.
SSE is accelerating its own electric journey, having joined The Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative, which aims to make EVs ‘the new normal’ by 2030. SSE currently operates the seventh largest fleet in the UK and will switch 3,500 vehicles to electric, as well as installing additional charging points for employees to use.
Recharging a car in as little as 20 minutes is set to become standard, as the government has launched a £400 million fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for EVs.7 And smart charging could automatically recharge vehicles at times of low demand, saving your business money on peak prices.
One day, EV operators could be paid to discharge electricity back to the grid when demand is high, thanks to developing battery and vehicle-to-grid technology. So in future, large fleets and small businesses alike will be able to reap the rewards of using electricity smartly.
Let’s power forward together. To see how we can charge up your business for sustainable success, get in touch today or find out more here.
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