Cenex was commissioned by British Gas to examine the potential cost, emissions and performance implications of integrating electric vehicles into their fleet operations. British Gas operates the third largest fleet in the UK, covering over 160 million miles per year.
The deployment risk assessment was undertaken though the following steps:
- Operational data from the British Gas fleet was used to create representative real-world drive cycles.
- The fuel consumption of a VW Caddy Maxi and Nissan eNV200 were determined under controlled conditions, with the data used to create models of these vehicles in the Cenex Fleet Carbon Reduction Tool (FCRT).
- The performance of the VW Caddy and the eNV200 was modelled over the British Gas drive cycles in the FCRT to calculate the fuel consumption and emissions performance of the vehicle and the potential range of the eNV200.
Based on the results of the FCRT analysis, Cenex concluded that the eNV200 could be a commercial, environmental and operational success in London and other city environments given the total cost of ownership (TCO) and emission reductions identified. However, the analysis showed that careful planning needed to be undertaken so that variations in range due to differing driving duties and high auxiliary loads in cold weather were not overlooked, and a suitable safety buffer should be allowed in the planned deployment of the vehicles.
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