How we’re helping the UK’s leading forecourt operator to become a market leader in EV power.
Recent announcements by Asda and Vauxhall have only served to highlight the speed at which the motor industry is shifting from petrol or diesel-powered vehicles to EVs.
Food retail giants Asda recently confirmed it will move its entire company car fleet of 600 vehicles to electric by 2025, a move that will save more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the road to net-zero.
Meanwhile, it was announced at the end of last month that British automotive brand Vauxhall Motors will only sell electric cars and vans from 2028 onwards.
Nearly 260,000 pure-electric cars were on UK roads at the end of May 2021, and you can double that number if hybrid plug-in vehicles are included.
With more and more companies following the lead of Asda and Vauxhall Motors in the future, this will only help to make the upward trajectory even steeper.
Pumping up the baseload
Servicing the needs of those new EV customers is the business of the UK’s largest independent forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG).
MFG has over 900 stations in operation and Energy Management is helping the company to equip itself for the ramped up numbers of EV vehicles visiting their sites.
At present, an MFG forecourt petrol station with a shop but no EV charging points typically has a base load of 40 kVA, to support lighting, refrigeration and other electricity-powered devices.
For on-site EV charging points to be installed, however, that baseload needs to increase to around 1500 kVA.
Discussions need to be had with the District Network Operator (DNO) to see if the planned infrastructure upgrade is possible in the first place.
If it can be done, Energy Management works with the DNO to calculate exactly what level the baseload needs to increase to and how much the project will cost.
An Energy Management EV specialist then arranges for metering installation and the type of supply contract that works best for the business.
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