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London Full Fibre ISP G.Network Grows EV Fleet with 100 Vans

Wednesday, Nov 8th, 2023 (10:57 am) - Score 840

Broadband ISP G.Network, which is building a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to homes and businesses in parts of London, has just signed a new deal with Maxus dealership HTC Van Centre. The move sees the operator adding 100 electric vans from Harris Maxus to their fleet.

The deal includes a total of 80 eDeliver 3 and some 20 eDeliver 9 Harris Maxus vans, which should also make it easier for the operator to contend with London’s extended ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). G.Network’s Fleet Manager, Aaron Cartey, said: “Every day, G Network Field Engineers travel around the heart of London connecting homes and businesses to our 100% fibre network. It is our priority that we work safely and sustainably, so we are delighted to partner with Maxus to bolster our fleet of electric vans.”

NOTE: GN’s main investor is USS, which recently committed “up to an additional£150m (here).

The operator, which originally claimed to be committing around £1bn to support an aspiration for extending their full fibre network to cover 1.3 million premises in London by the end of 2026, has recently had a bit of a rough time due to funding problems, job cuts and a slowdown in their build (here). But the situation has since improved after more funding was secured and management changes were made.

The last build update we had from G.Network, in 2022, stated that they had covered 400,000 premises. But independent checking has – as of July 2023 – so far only been able to identify around 255,000 as being ready for service (here). Residential customers typically pay from £22 per month for a 150Mbps (50Mbps upload) package on a 24-month contract term (inc. £29 one-off installation fee), which rises to £48 for their top 1Gbps (symmetric) tier.

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15 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Chris says:

    EVs are such a no-brainer in a super dense city like London.
    The air pollution is atrocious and the electrification of transport is going to make such a difference.

    1. Avatar photo Ken says:

      Oh yes, it might help the people living in London, but spare a thought for the people living in rural areas in other countries where the Lithium is being mined and destroying they’re countryside.

      Funny how that isn’t mentioned much!

    2. Avatar photo James says:

      I’m afraid people all around the world are being misled and fed misinformation, conning people into believing that building and running electric vehicles is environmentally friendly.

    3. Avatar photo John says:

      I live in London and their choice of transportation does not help me in any way.

      You think the “air pollution” is bad? Try going to an underground station for 15x the pollution levels

    4. Avatar photo Chris says:

      Ken, if you think lithium extraction is bad, wait till you see oil, gas and coal extraction!
      At least the lithium doesn’t get immediately spewed into the atmosphere after being used precisely once.

    5. Avatar photo XGS says:

      I’m afraid only the gullible would for a moment think EV construction is environmentally friendly. It obviously isn’t, very little construction of anything is. It’s certainly improving with volume but could be a lot better.

      They’re friendlier to run and for each EV there’s a mileage when they’ve ‘paid back’ their environmental debt from construction though.

      Can’t quite say the same for ICEs.

  2. Avatar photo Sam says:

    It is more expensive to charge an EV than a regular car. They should’ve focused on passing homes rather than their ESG score

    1. Avatar photo 125us says:

      That’s untrue Sam. This isn’t a place for lies.

    2. Avatar photo Matt says:

      You charge your “regular” car often? not surprised the EV is more expensive 😀

      /EV Owner, paying <2.5p/mi in "fuel" costs. Coming from a car costing me nearly 40p/mi at the height of the fuel "crisis" last year, People need to realise that it's not a silver bullet and there are some people who they won't fit the need of until range improves, also those who cannot home charge shouldn't get one – but you see so many stories of people who do then complain because they can only charge on fast public charging it being "so expensive"…

    3. Avatar photo XGS says:

      My car has a direct ICE equivalent model. To pay as much per mile as the fuel costs of the ICE I’d have to not use solar and storage, never charge at home, not join any kind of charging scheme but pay as I go and ensure I’m charging at the more expensive rapid chargers.

      Basically making as much sense as you, presuming you drive, topping up your car a gallon at a time at the motorway services over a long journey rather than using your cheapest local fuel station and filling the tank beforehand and seeking out the most expensive fuel for local journeys.

  3. Avatar photo John says:

    I must admit, I do have a chuckle when I see people sat next to their expensive electric vehicle, reading a book or staring at their phone while they wait to charge their car’s battery.

    1. Avatar photo XGS says:

      Yeah I probably chuckle in a similar way when someone in an ICE tries to race me to speed limit from a red traffic light.

    2. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Difference is, this is an “occasional” thing – like I use public charging maybe once a month if I’m doing a very long journey, on the return leg. The rest of the time it’s charging whilst I’m asleep plugged in at home.

      How often does your tank get refilled sat on the drive whilst you sleep?

    3. Avatar photo XGS says:

      Indeed. Might have had a point before we had EVs with >200 mile real world range and an, albeit grossly inadequate, charging network and battery tech that can take in >100 kWh on those rare occasions you need the range quickly.

      Plug it in, set the charge you want, set the time you want it to charge if you’re on an overnight EV tariff or if you’ve solar and batteries at home don’t even worry about the time.

      Difference between actual EV owners, us, driving them and confirmation bias. Yes, it requires infrastructure but so did ICEs. I wouldn’t be surprised folks riding their horse and cart past an early car as it was taking on fuel felt a similar level of smugness.

    4. Avatar photo André says:

      “Waiting to charge” should be the exception rather than the rule. Cars should be charging at home or at work when not in use.
      My car charges overnight and is ready every time by the time I leave for work. I find it far more practical than having to make trips to the petrol station every few days.
      Granted, occasionally I need to charge during long journeys but the stop is rarely more than, say, 20 minutes or so so it’s not as much of a chore as you may fear 🙂

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