ODS electric vehicles charged for 299 days as part of work to decarbonise fleet

Published: Wednesday, 2nd November 2022

New data has shown that electric vehicles owned by ODS have been charged for 7,185 hours over a year period – equal to 299 days in total.

The data, which has come from a new consolidated fleet data reporting tool, examines ODS’ use of fleet of vehicles and provides an overview of their use, supporting ODS in planning the future of their fleet.

ODS currently has 330 vehicles in its fleet, and is aiming to make a quarter of them electric by 2023.

The £41m Energy Superhub Oxford project has supported ODS with the purchase and delivery of 40 electric vehicles, including an electric refuse collection truck, a street sweeper, an excavator, and mix of different sized vans.

In April 2020, the City Council took the delivery of its first electric vehicles for the project, and in July 2020, Oxford’s first 50kW rapid electric charger for ODS’ electric vehicle fleet was installed alongside 32 fast 22kW chargers.

As part of the work, ODS vehicles were fitted with new data recording devices (telematics) which provides ODS with comprehensive fleet usage data.  The reporting tool for this was developed by Kek Tech and Imperial College London.

Some initial findings from between October 2021 to October 2022 have found:

  • ODS electric vehicles have been charged for 7,185 hours - equal to 299 days
  • 83,830 kWh of energy has been used to charge ODS’ electric vehicle fleet
  • ODS vehicles travelled 1,524,899 miles – the same distance as travelling from John o' Groats to Land's End 2,281 times

Alongside fleet usage information, the reporting also examines fleet maintenance, fuel usage and chargepoint usage data. This enables ODS to fully assess its fleet and ongoing strategy for electrification based on usage, range, emissions, costs and suitable electric replacement.

The initial findings provide a snapshot of ODS’ vehicle use, and ODS will continue to monitor their vehicles to assess their future electric vehicle purchases and use.

Energy Superhub Oxford

Energy Superhub Oxford is a collaboration between Oxford City Council and EDF Renewables UK, and also includes Habitat Energy, Invinity Energy Systems, Kensa Contracting and the University of Oxford.

The project is part of a nationwide network of Energy Superhubs being developed by EDF Renewables UK, which combine transmission-connected batteries and power infrastructure for EV charging to enable more renewables and accelerate the decarbonisation of transport.

Energy Superhub Oxford was announced in April 2019 and received £10m from the government’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge – of which Oxford City Council was awarded £1,615,169 for its role in the project.

Supporting a net Zero Carbon Council

ODS strongly supports the City Council’s ambition to become a net Zero Carbon Council by 2030.

The Council has also developed an electric vehicle strategy for the city. The strategy seeks to address how Oxford can best respond to the rapidly rising demand for additional charging capacity, the rapidly changing technology and the increasing number of delivery models for implementing charging infrastructure.

The strategy also considers the Council’s own role including utilisation of its assets such as carparks and other land, and whether it could be involved in the delivery of EV charge points working with ODS alongside commercial operators.

“The Fleet data project has given and will continue to give an invaluable insight into the fleet’s contribution to Oxford City Council’s carbon emissions. By accurately recording vehicle data we can work alongside ODS to continually improve the impact of the fleet and for the first time actually be able to see the effects in the data in real-time. This is key for us achieving a net Zero Carbon Council by 2030.”

Councillor Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focused Services, Oxford City Council

“Managing a fleet requires full understanding of its performance including usage, fuelling and maintenance. Gathering this data from many different systems can be difficult, but with the new database allowed us to see the data in an easily accessible format while also allowing us to see detailed breakdowns. It is an excellent advancement of our fleet management reporting.”

Owain Pearce, Transport Manager, ODS