The AA Launches EVs Fleet to Reduce Carbon Footprint

AA introducing EVs into its fleet
The AA introduces EVs to its fleet, marking a significant step towards sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint

The Automobile Association (AA), known for its extensive roadside assistance network and motoring services, has recognised the urgent need to embrace cleaner, greener technologies. 

Introducing electric vehicles into its global fleet is a response to the increasing demand for eco-friendly transportation and a strategic move to stay ahead in an industry undergoing rapid transformation.

A commitment to the future

The introduction of electric vehicles by the AA represents a broader commitment to sustainability and innovation. As EVs become increasingly prevalent, organisations like The AA play a crucial role in facilitating this transition. 

Edmund King OBE, President of the AA

Moving towards its goal of a net zero fleet, the AA will become the first UK-based roadside assistance company to add EVs to its fleet. Edmund King OBE, President of the AA, stated, "Introducing these exciting new concept vehicles to our fleet is an important step towards our goal of becoming a net zero company by 2035.

“As a market-leading organisation, we are committed to showing the way as the country transitions to a zero-emissions future."

Test and scale approach

Due to the complex vehicle requirements, the AA is taking a "test and scale" approach to fleet decarbonisation with structured tests of alternative fuel vehicles in real-life settings. This method ensures the vehicles meet operational demands while contributing to the AA's sustainability goals.

The EV fleet

Amongst an impressive selection of low-emission vehicles from across the AA business, the day's main attractions were a fully electric Volvo FE Slidebed, an Iveco eDaily Powerload, and an Iveco eDaily crew van equipped with a heavy-duty Compact Recovery Trailer (CRT). These vehicles will become the UK's first operational EV recovery trucks, accelerating the company's efforts to meet its 2035 net zero target.

Volvo FE Boniface Slidebed

The electric version of the Volvo FE 19T is equipped with a Boniface VLA (very low angle) slidebed. Its recovery bed can carry 6000kg, and its second car lift can carry up to 2000kg. 

The vehicle has an impressive range of 170 miles and a recharge rate of 2.25 hours when using a 150kWh rapid charger. The spacious cab can comfortably carry two passengers, making it ideal for low-emission zones such as London and Birmingham.

Simon Ungless, AA Commercial Group Fleet Manager

Simon Ungless, AA Commercial Group Fleet Manager, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to expand our partnership with Volvo. Adding the zero-emission Volvo FE 19T Boniface-equipped recovery truck to our fleet, with its impressive payload capabilities and quick charging times, will positively impact, especially in low-emission zones. The comfort and space in the cab are a bonus."

Iveco eDaily 7.2T Dyson Powerload

The Dyson Powerload features Roger Dyson's innovative remote loading system, which alleviates most of the manual handling for recovery operatives by remotely deploying the loading ramps. 

This electric concept vehicle has a minimum range of 100 miles and an impressive 3000kg payload. 

An 80kWh rapid charger can fully charge the vehicle in less than an hour. Dug Dudley, AA Fleet Engineer, said, "The Iveco eDaily Powerload concept is an amazing vehicle. The remote loading system from Roger Dyson is such a game-changer for recovery operatives. With a 100-mile range and a 3000kg payload, it ticks all the boxes for us. Its rapid charging capability is fantastic, making recharging quick and convenient."

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Iveco eDaily CRT Van

Based on an Iveco eDaily crew van, this vehicle features a twin battery setup that delivers an increased range of approximately 160 miles with a 0.8-hour recharge time using an 80kWh charger. 

The vehicle includes a spacious passenger area with leather AA-branded seats, a custom-made table, cup holders, and built-in USB charge points. The CRT can carry casualty vehicles of up to 3,250kg, including motorcycles, EVs, and 4x4s.

AA Fleet Support Engineer George Flinton said, "The Iveco eDaily CRT van looks like a real game-changer for us. We're impressed with the increased range and quick recharge time. Its ability to carry a variety of vehicles makes it a versatile option. The comfort levels around make this van a great choice for the AA regarding our net zero goals and reliable transportation for our members."

The AA's introduction of electric vehicles marks a significant step towards a more sustainable future. This move reflects the organisation's dedication to reducing emissions, supporting members, and promoting the adoption of greener technologies. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, the AA's proactive approach ensures it remains at the forefront of this transformation, benefiting both its members and the environment.

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