Coventry City Council has joined forces with E.ON to launch a pioneering 15-year partnership that will transform the city’s approach to carbon reduction whilst helping people save money and boost the local economy. 

The initiative will see E.ON become the city’s new Strategic Energy Partner, forming an alliance that will build a cleaner and more sustainable city, as well as drive a new green economy that will provide jobs for generations to come.

The partnership is believed to be a UK first and will see the two collaborate on revolutionising energy use for the benefit of local communities and the wider economy.

Since 2018, Coventry has quadrupled its investment in EV with 4,000 more electric vehicles registered in the second quarter of 2022 than at the end of 2018. 

The region is also leading the way on Net Zero, providing on average of 128 chargers per 100k residents. Transport for West Midlands has invested in a fleet of electric buses putting Coventry on track to becoming an all-electric bus city . Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration at Coventry City Council, said: “We already have one of the largest networks of electric vehicle charge points in any city outside London, and other great schemes that feature and promote electric vehicle use. Becoming an all-electric bus city is a fantastic way of helping us to build on this work.”

Why go electric?

One of the main benefits of electric cars is that they will significantly improve the air quality of Coventry City and help the city achieve its aim of getting to net zero quicker.  A report by the EEA confirms that the greenhouse gas emissions of electric vehicles, with the current EU energy mix and over the entire vehicle life cycle, are about 17-30 % lower than the emissions of petrol and diesel cars.

Because electric vehicles are a lot quieter than petrol and diesel vehicles, switching would make the streets quieter.

Due to the lack of tailpipe on electric vehicles, they emit no carbon dioxide emissions whilst driving, making streets a cleaner and healthier place to be for pedestrians and cyclists. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, helping us to move towards a more environmentally sustainable future.

Electric vehicles in the long run are cheaper to run when compared with petrol or diesel vehicles. This in turn would result in cost savings for businesses.  According to the RAC, motorists in 2022 drove an average of 6,600 miles. So, to charge a standard Nissan Leaf with a 40 kWh battery will cost around £453 per year. If we compare this to the annual fuel costs for a similar mid-sized hatchback car, the petrol-fuelled Volkswagen Golf, would approximately cost £1,126 per year to run. 

Highlighting the financial benefits of making the switch to electric, a spokesperson for E.ON said: “We aren’t just helping people and organisations make the switch to electric either, we’re undergoing our own transformation. Of the 620 company cars we have in our own fleet, we’ve now switched 79% of them to electric and cut our CO2 emissions by 85% in the last 3 and half years. We’re also converting all of our vans to electric, and we’ve installed charging facilities at every office and depot we own. “

Our business offering, E.ON Drive EV  is an integrated, modular solution for electrifying sustainable transport at work and at home. We offer a complete end to end service, i.e. EV charger installation, ongoing maintenance, billing and analytics etc. For companies with fleets, we offer at work/at home/on the road charging packages to cover everything a company needs.

With 57% of Britons considering EV’s for their next vehicle purchase plus the tax breaks for electric company cars, installing electric car chargers could be good for your net zero targets as well as boosting revenue. There are also a range of funding options available from the Office For Zero Emission Vehicles: OZEV Grants and the Workplace Charging Scheme.

Find out how your businesses can become more environmentally friendly by switching to EV.