Electric Potential For Your Business

19th June 2019

The serious threat posed by air pollution in the UK and beyond has galvanised many organisations into developing strategies to reduce their emissions, particularly from vehicles. In particular, new technologies are making a switch to electric vehicles (EVs) more viable than it was just a couple of years ago.

As a result, many city-based van fleets are already being switched away from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric, with considerable reductions in associated emissions - as well as significant savings on lifecycle costs (savings vary with the type of vehicle). There are also grants available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) towards the cost of vehicles and charging points.

Financial benefits of electric vehicles

Types of EVs

BEV (Battery EV) is a vehicle powered solely by a battery charged from mains electricity. Propulsion is always electric.

PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) is a vehicle with a battery and an internal combustion engine. Propulsion may be electric or by internal combustion, depending on road conditions and battery status.

E-REV (Extended Range EV), also known as a Range Extender, is a version of PHEV where the battery is powered by a petrol or diesel generator on board the vehicle. The propulsion is always electric.

Your choice of vehicles will be influenced by the available charging infrastructure. Will the vehicles remain within the radius of their range or will they be reliant on charging points away from base? If the latter, are there additional charging points available at customer premises or employees’ homes? If not, a PHEV or E-REV might be the best option.

The transition to EV also needs to be carefully planned, with realistic targets. For example, in 2017 ENGIE announced its commitment to begin switching to EVs, with an initial target of 20% of the vehicle fleet being electric by 2020. This will see the introduction of 395 EVs over a three-year period. The £600,000 investment includes installation of charging points at ENGIE offices, customer sites and employees’ homes. Further information can be found here.

Helping customers on their own journey:

Every organisation will have unique requirements depending on their fleet profile and usage. There are however, several key aspects to consider, a number of which are listed below, including cost benefit analysis and operational considerations – both are essential to gain executive sign-off, even within companies with principle-based leadership.



As a business we are keen to not only be a part of the EV revolution but also to provide solutions to make it easy for people to lead a greener life.

ENGIE offer a range of convenient, end-to-end charging solutions for complete peace of mind. We can provide ENGIE charge points, and our own specialist installation, servicing and warranty, backed with a 100 per cent renewable electricity tariff. ENGIE's  EV Home tariff also offers up to 1000 free driving miles.

> Find out more about how we have helped Yorkshire Water’s EV aspirations

> Find out more about our initiative to provide a new network of at least 88 rapid electric vehicle charging points across West Yorkshire

> Find out more about the range of solutions available for individuals at home

As a business we are keen to not only be a part of the EV revolution but also to provide solutions to make it easy for people to lead a greener life.

Clean Air Day

Alongside our own commitments, ENGIE partners with Clean Air Day to inspire change that will make a positive and long-lasting difference for everyone in the country. This partnership aligns perfectly with our company ethos and objectives, which focus on improving air quality, carbon reduction and operating efficiencies - improving the quality of lives for the communities and customers we serve in a way that is harmonious with the environment.