UPS Case Study


UPS is a global logistics company. This is our central London operation. We we operate about 170 collection delivery vehicles from this very building. We’ve been working with UK Power Networks Services for a little over two years. It’s been a very productive relationship and it’s come from our ambition to develop an ability to electrify this operation. We started electrifying the fleet in this building. What we found was that
even with 10 vehicles using electric propulsion as soon as we started to try
to connect more vehicles than that to our power supply we had problems
straight away and we wanted to see if there was a better way. That’s where conversations with UK Power Networks Services started. For us, it’s about collaborating
with our clients, understanding their problems deeply and the context of their
working that allows us to come up with the best solution whether it’s reducing
carbon, reducing costs, increasing their renewable credentials.
We decided that after understanding the problem we would bring a number of
different technologies together. We first started measuring the total power demands with a high speed power meter so every second we can measure the energy coming into the site. We then have smart charge points installed throughout the depot so each vehicle power is being monitored every second so then to bring
the two together we have an active network management system which looks at the total power demand of the site and then controls each vehicles charging
power and every second. Despite all of this there was still a winter peak, which would have exceeded the total power demand. That’s why we’ve got the energy storage system to provide a bit of extra winter power in the
peak periods. The system even stored here essentially enables UPS to achieve a fully electric depot within its current grid constraints avoiding
additional network reinforcements. Those technologies collaborating
together have enabled us to raise our electric vehicle capacity in this
building from the previous limit all the way for the full fleet of 170 vehicles. We’re enabling UPS here in Kentish Town to electrify the whole fleet and to be able to improve air quality, not just in Kentish
Town, across the whole of London where they’re operating. We’re experts in infrastructure, we’re experts in battery storage and smart charging micro grids
so we bring in the right solutions to bear on the business problems. We were fortunate enough through the consortium that we formed with Cross River Partnership and UK Power Networks Services to be able to approach the
government and get support through a scheme that is run by Innovate UK in
conjunction with the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles. They came to the table with a significant amount of support that has enabled us to do what
we’ve done. The work that we’ve done with UK Power Networks Services in this
building has been a game changer for the transportation industry. It’s a world
first in terms of the deployment of a combination of smart grid and energy
storage systems in a live operation at this scale. UK Power Networks Services have done
that in a way that it’s been very reliable, totally safe and very responsive
to our needs. The project has been delivered on time, on budget, it’s working and we’re now looking towards the next stage.

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