This is the question we have been asking ourselves over the last few weeks and have decided to do something about it. In the next few weeks we are embarking on a large trial for the National Trust. The team in Wales with support of our Corporate partnership team and the procurement team are hoping to launch an ambitious trail and evaluation. Electric vehicle technology is moving at a pace but there are still questions around suitability, something called ‘range anxiety’ , is its 16 0r 32amp chargers or even rapid charging. Are the charging points suitable for the vehicles we are using, will the vehicles suite the team in Wales or will we need to change the way we work? The questions pile up
We have been set the electric vehicle challenge by Justin the regional director. The country / regional team have launched into this. Thanks very much to Renault who have kindly loaned for up to 4 months 2 Kangoo electric vans which will be used at our countryside properties of Llanerchaeron and Hafod y Llan. Two of the Fluence cars which will be used at our main Wales office ‘hubs’ in Llandudno in N Wales and Dinefwr in S Wales. The 5th vehicle will be used by Justin the Regional Director. Sort of putting his money where his mouth is on this project.
The work immediately in front of us is to get a network of charging points out there. Another kind offer has come from British Gas who are helping by surveying all of our properties in Wales for suitable charing points. Ideally we would like to have all corners of Wales covered (there is a big hole in the UK map of EV charging points when it comes to Wales ) and we would also like to offer these sites to our visitors. Then we get into electricity supply, insurance, liability…the list goes on but the best way to deal with them is to do it and work the problems out. (see the quote at the top of the main blog page – The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney)
Lets see how we go? Have a feeling we are about to learn a lot! (see no mention of problems!) At the end of the day if they work for the NT in Wales then they will work anywhere! This though is only a small part of the overall travel strategy which includes vehicle review, video conference roll out, car sharing planning for staff, volunteers and visitors. Personal travel planning and so on. watch this space!