Leeds City Council is the second largest local authority in the UK. As the third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Leeds has a key role to play in ensuring a greener and more sustainable energy and vehicle infrastructure. Since first introducing electric vehicles to its fleet in 2016, Leeds City Council now has more than 320 electric vehicles on fleet—the largest of any local authority in the country—and is continuing to expand. Having declared a climate emergency and committed to become a carbon neutral city, the council has rapidly increased its focus on promoting the utilisation and uptake of zero emission electric vehicles within the city.
Leeds City Council is excited to test cutting-edge, innovative technology alongside leading industry partners on the EV-elocity project. The council has a number of strategic objectives that will be supported by the project. EV-velocity will enable us to continue working to decarbonise buildings and transport by increasing energy efficiency across council sites, and expanding use of and knowledge of electric vehicles. It will also help to identify further opportunities for revenue generation through the installation of six vehicle-to-grid points in two key service buildings.
Blog by Andy Hickford, Project Manager leading on the EV-elocity project within Leeds City Council