Wilmott Dixon to install workplace charging at all its sites

Property developer Willmott Dixon has announced it will roll out EV charge points across all its sites and office and teamed up with Rolec to install said charging stations at more than 100 locations in England and Wales during 2021.

Wilmott Dixon added that this is to accommodate the nearly 300 people who have switched, or are switching, to electric cars under the company’s car scheme. The company said this move was part of its pledge to become net-zero by 2030 without offsetting carbon.

Julia Barrett, chief sustainability officer, explained: “Through our 2030 ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy, launched last autumn, we have set ourselves some of the toughest science-based targets in the industry, as we pledge to have no direct emissions from our day-to-day operations by eliminating fossil fuel use in our offices and on our sites.”

She added that a 100% electric fleet was “critical” to achieve said pledge and required corresponding charging infrastructure “to make this step change possible.”

The statement did not include further details on the charging equipment Rolec is to install at the property developer’s offices and sites. As we are looking at workplace charging, both DC or slower AC charging stations appear as options.

Rolec, initially from the caravan, marina and outdoor industry, has a base in Lincolnshire and started making charging stations around four years ago. The company has since scored large orders from Kia UK and DPD in the UK.

The portfolio includes DC rapid and ultrafast products and a street lamp solution for electric vehicles. Rolec EV also introduced a smart technology platform that integrates real-time charge point data such as availability, costs and power consumption already in 2017. Back then, this step effectively merged all their charging solutions into an all-in-one package.

At Wilmott Dixon, the company expects the shift away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to save £360k in fuel reimbursement and support more people transitioning to EVs.

Willmott Dixon has switched its car funding policy from a standard three-year operating lease to a salary sacrifice scheme.

The company then launched a new vehicle scheme in January and said it was encouraging staff to consider EVs and that it has seen “several hundred applications” since.

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