Bolton-based Energi Mine, which has developed a Bitcoin-like currency to reward energy saving, has partnered with a firm in Skelmersdale to encourage the shift to electric lorries and vans.
Energi Mine’s ‘Energi Token’ concept works like Bitcoin - it has a cash value and can be sold online - but crucially the currency holders will also be able to put tokens towards the cost of energy services.
The platform launched earlier this year and is already being trialled with Network Rail employees, who will be rewarded with Energi Tokens for taking actions such as using low carbon transport or buying energy efficient appliances.
Energi Mine has now partnered with Electra Commercial Vehicles, which converts new and used HGV and truck chassis to run on electricity by removing the existing engine and replacing it with a battery pack and electric motor.
Electra Commercial Vehicles works with commercial vehicle operators such as local authorities and logistics companies that need to operate in low emission urban areas.
Energi Tokens will be rewarded to organisations working with Electra Commercial Vehicles to convert their vehicles to electric.
Sid Sadique, chairman of Electra Commercial Vehicles, said: “By replacing dirty heavy goods vehicles with zero emission electric vehicles we will see significant improvement to air and noise quality in urban areas.
“Through this partnership with Energi Mine, we aim to increase the pace of change by financially rewarding that change. The companies we work with are already very excited about the rewards programme being part of the change programme. This is just phase one of a game-changing partnership.”
Omar Rahim, chief executive of Energi Mine, added: “We strongly believe that rewards need to be financially motivated before behaviour change occurs. We are excited by our partnership with Electra Commercial Vehicles and look forward to seeing the impact of our combined goals on energy saving behaviour.”