EDF has signed a deal with Royal Mail for the provision of electric vehicle (EV) chargers as the latter continues electrification commitments.
The three-year framework will see EDF provide charging points, associated maintenance and ancillary services such as signs, bollards and wheel stops.
“We chose to work with EDF Energy – not just as a supplier – but also as a solutions partner to implement our new sustainability strategy,” Paul Gatti, fleet director at Royal Mail Group, said.
Chargers are to be installed on Royal Mail Group sites in the South East of England, with potential for this to increase as required.
Philippe Commaret, managing director for customers at EDF, said: “The fact that one of the largest fleet operators in Europe has committed to such an ambitious project is a turning point in our journey to a low-carbon future.
“Working with Royal Mail to install EV infrastructure at their UK sites will allow them to accelerate towards an electric future, and hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit.”
The delivery of the charging points will support Royal Mail’s commitment as part of the Optimise Prime project.
Optimise Prime is looking into how to mitigate the impact of commercial EV electrification on networks, with UK Power Networks, Centrica, Royal Mail, Uber and SSEN.
“As we continue to realise our EV ambitions, we are careful to choose the right partners along the journey.
“Over the three years we are confident that, alongside EDF Energy, we can deliver the infrastructure needed to power Europe’s largest commercial fleet of EVs,” Gatti added.
EDF has made several moves in the EV charging space recently. It acquired battery storage and EV charging firm Pivot Power, as well as signing a partnership with investment firm NEoT Capital to accelerate its deployment of EV charging infrastructure in the UK.
The energy giant was also chosen as the supplier for ubitricity’s UK-wide EV charging network, providing it with 100% renewable power.