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Openreach Welcome 4000th Electric Vehicle to its UK Fleet

Monday, Apr 8th, 2024 (3:42 pm) - Score 1,760
Openreach Vauxhall Corsa E

Openreach (BT) recently issued a short update on the progress they’ve been making in upgrading all of their 30,000+ strong fleet of UK diesel powered vans and cars to electric (EV) by March 2031, which reveals that they’ve just welcomed their 4,000th Electric Vehicle (up from 3,000 in January 2024).

In order to support its drive for cleaner and greener journeys, it was revealed earlier last year that Openreach had also teamed up with ‘Ground Control’ to install an initial 8,500 charging points for Openreach. The new EV charge points will be installed outside engineer’s homes and at key Openreach sites, such as exchanges, up and down the country.

The broadband network operator is also working with other operators, like First Bus, to share charging infrastructure (here) and are currently sourcing their new EV vans and cars from several different suppliers, such as Renault and Vauxhall.

Not to mention that BT and its digital incubation team, Etc., recently kicked off their first pilot of an Electric Vehicle (EV) charger that has been repurposed from one of Openreach’s old street cabinets, which was “traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling“ (here). Up to 60,000 more could follow.

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  1. Avatar photo XGS says:

    Excellent. More volume helps commoditise EVs and provides utilisation of local charging facilities ensuring that more continue to be provided. Right now almost everyone with an EV is charging at home so local journeys don’t require recharging at local service stations or charging points. This will help provide demand to encourage more supply for those unable to charge at home.

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