As part of the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) roll-out, the installation of the first phase of charging bays for electric vehicles at RAF Brize Norton has begun and is now in use, charging vehicles.
The project involved the installation of two single-phase dual sockets (two 14.7 kW Dual Chargers) and three three-phase dual sockets (three 44kW Dual Chargers). This provided a total of ten EV Charging bays, which could be utilised simultaneously.
Sergeant Mark Jenkins, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Mechanical Transport (MT), took responsibility for ensuring that ULEVs were on site and available to test the newly installed charging points. Once installed, they would support the new vehicles arriving at RAF Brize Norton, which are part of the wider 405 ULEVs allocated to Defence.
The collaboration and communication between the all parties in the RAF, the MT team who managed the area, in which, the chargers were installed, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, plus the contractors, made this project a success.
Squadron Leader Matthew Beauchamp, Chair of the Brize Sustainability Working Group, said:
“This installation of Brize Norton’s this first bank of electric vehicle charging points is a milestone as we strive to meet the RAF’s NetZero40 target. With further funding imminently available to install more chargers, we can now increase our fleet of electric vehicles and play our part in emission reduction.”
Squadron Leader Matthew Beauchamp
Chair of the Brize Sustainability Working Group
RAF Brize Norton will join RAF Leeming and RAF Wittering at the forefront of utilising sustainable energy in powering its White Fleet. The use of ULEVs across the defence estates will be incredibly beneficial in reducing pollution, and by reducing the use of diesel and petrol vehicles will significantly improve the MOD Carbon footprint, ultimately helping to achieve the Government’s proposed target of having 25% of ULEVs making up its White Fleet by 2023.