SSEN accelerates its electric vehicle switch

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), as part of the wider SSE Group, is driving the switch to a low carbon future with an increase to its fleet of fully electric vehicles (EVs).

SSEN has taken delivery of the first electric vans which will serve communities across the country. The vehicles will be at the frontline of supporting the low carbon assets and infrastructure required to deliver net zero. They are the first to arrive following the business’s commitment to the EV100 initiative, which aims, with the assistance of its corporate members to make EVs ‘the new normal’ by 2030.

Brian McLaren, SSE Director of Group Change said: “As a major fleet operator across the UK and Ireland, the EV rollout is in line with SSE’s ambition to deliver low carbon infrastructure in a sustainable way and links to our wider business goal of helping accommodate 10 million electric vehicles in Great Britain by 2030.

“The vehicles will work in a wide variety of operational roles and conditions, maintaining and supporting the electricity network across the south of England and north of Scotland.

“I know that our teams are hugely excited about the new technology and are very proud to be at the frontline of the EV rollout.”

The vehicles will be closely monitored to allow a better understanding of EV-specific factors including: range anxiety for people whose job involves driving all day, the ease of home charging, the availability of rapid charge points, and overall performance in challenging and remote conditions.

In July last year SSE signed up to the Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative, which aims to garner corporate backing and make EVs ‘the new normal’ by 2030. The business is currently targeting the switch of over 3,500 vehicles to electric and has so far installed over 100 charge points across 20 of its main sites with plans to continue this across more remote locations as the fleet increases, and the wider group continues to provide national charging infrastructure projects across the UK.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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