27 October 2020

SSE Enterprise selects Alfen for fleet electrification

SSE Enterprise, one of the largest energy companies in the UK, has signed a 3-year framework agreement with Alfen to provide it with smart, reliable EV charge points which can be deployed for SSE Enterprise customers. Its Distributed Energy business is rolling out its EV proposition commercially, based on its own real-world experience of transitioning to electric vehicles. Alfen has supplied SSE Enterprise with its smart Eve Double charging stations for installations at both SSEs main employee bases in Perth and Reading.

Investment in EV infrastructure is being made by SSE to help get its 12,000 staff on the road to net zero carbon emissions as well as to convert its 3,500 strong fleet to EVs. By expanding SSE's EV charging capacity at its offices, SSE is making a clear statement that it is committed to its low carbon ambitions and is supportive of its employees switching to electric vehicles. 

The Alfen Eve Double EV charging station is ideally suited for use with company fleets. Its rugged enclosure and robust components are designed for high usage and regular user changeovers. It houses two sockets, has a full colour display, and its integrated RFID reader enables user access control and monitoring. In addition, its built-in MID-meter facilitates financial settlement. To manage the load on the grid, Alfen's leading Smart Charging Network and Active Load Balancing can be integrated. This advanced functionality allows customers to connect up to a 100 charge points on a single site and load balance across all vehicles charging. The key benefit of this solution is that charging speeds are maximized within the available local grid capacity, avoiding potentially expensive grid upgrade costs. This, together with its proven reliability, easy to use interface and fast-response nationwide service were the reasons SSE chose Alfen.

Kevin Welstead, EV director SSE Enterprise, said: “We are very proud to deliver further EV infrastructure which will significantly increase SSE’s capability to charge fleets and private vehicles across our estate. We want to demonstrate to other companies we can be their partner of choice when it comes to decarbonising their fleet or company cars and get SSE well on the road to net zero. Alfen is a high-quality manufacturer and a trusted partner and they form a key component to our offering to both our own fleet and those of our customers.”

Naomi Nye, Sales Manager at Alfen, adds: “We’re really delighted to be supporting SSE Enterprise and their customers across the UK in their transition to e-mobility. From our years of experience working with other fleets in their journey to electrification across Europe, we know that reliable, intelligent chargers with adaptable technology backed up by great service are crucial to ensure drivers have an optimal experience with EVs. We look forward to supporting SSE Enterprise in their journey.”