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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: July 2024

Q&A with Jeff Alden, CEO of SEE Services, on the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust EV Charging Infrastructure Project

You might have seen our recent press release announcing that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has partnered with SEE Services to upgrade its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This collaboration aims to support YAS’s sustainability goals by integrating more electric and hybrid vehicles into their fleet. We spoke with Jeff Alden, CEO of SEE Services, to learn more about this project.


Q: Can you provide an overview of the project?


A:  The project involves installing a combination of 22kW AC chargers and 60kW DC chargers across 11 locations in the Yorkshire and Humber region. This setup is designed to meet the needs of YAS’s extensive fleet, ensuring both emergency and non-emergency vehicles are always operational and efficient.


Q: What are the technical aspects of the infrastructure upgrade?


A: SEE-V, our specialist division, is leading the upgrade and expansion of the current EV charging network. We’re focusing on enhancing reliability and efficiency. An intelligent EV charging back-office solution will also be integrated to streamline the ongoing operation and maintenance of the chargers, ensuring they remain in optimal condition.


Q: How does this project align with SEE Services' goals?


A: At SEE Services, we are committed to providing end-to-end EV charging solutions that help organizations transition to sustainable transportation. This project with YAS is a perfect example of how we can support large fleets in reducing their carbon emissions while maintaining operational excellence.


Q: What challenges do you anticipate with this project, and how do you plan to address them?


A:  One of the main challenges is ensuring the infrastructure can support the increasing demand from electric vehicles without any downtime. To address this, we are implementing robust and reliable charging solutions, and our back-office system will help monitor and manage the charging stations to prevent issues before they arise.



Q: What’s the timeline for the project completion?


A: We aim to have the infrastructure fully upgraded by the end of 2024. Our team is working diligently to ensure that all installations are completed efficiently and without disrupting YAS’s vital services.


Q: How do you see the future of EV infrastructure in emergency services?


A:  The future looks very promising. As technology continues to advance, we expect to see more efficient and powerful EV solutions becoming available. This will not only help reduce environmental impact but also improve the operational efficiency and reliability of emergency services.


Q: Any final thoughts on this collaboration?


A: We are proud to partner with YAS on this important initiative. This collaboration demonstrates how combining expertise and commitment to sustainability can drive meaningful change. We’re excited to support YAS in enhancing their service delivery while contributing to a greener future.


Conclusion

The partnership between SEE Services and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is a significant step towards integrating sustainable practices within emergency services. Through this project, SEE Services aims to provide a reliable and efficient EV charging infrastructure, contributing to a reduced carbon footprint and improved operational efficiency for YAS.


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