Zest charging network has been chosen to join the NHS Sustainable Transport and Infrastructure Framework Agreement alongside char.gy, Green Commute Initiative and several other organisations.
Zest will be working on long-term electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, supported by the government-sponsored charging infrastructure investment fund (CIIF), to contribute to the NHS’s efforts to diversify its energy resources and introduce EV technology into its infrastructure.
One of the first examples of the NHS’s work to diversify its energy resources was the exploration of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with Indra in 2022.
The project revealed that the NHS was able to reduce its peak hour use electricity costs by £90 a month, thanks to an average reduction of 6p/kWh, which is a saving of around £1,075 per annum, according to Indra.
“More than any other organisation in the UK, the NHS has the potential to lead the transition to EV by harnessing the sheer abundance of its car parks and fleets,” said Robin Heap, CEO of Zest.
“This framework enables Zest to support the NHS and wider public sector in lowering their carbon output, improving local air quality and helping to make the EV transition easier for everyone.”
Zest shares a Live data partnership with Zapmap, enabling users of the Zapmap app and desktop map to access the live status and availability of its public charge points at any time, to make planning for charging easier.