As a company we’re always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon emissions. Our biggest environmental impact is our fleet, which currently consists of 420 vans and 150 company cars (including our grey fleet). Although our average CO2 emissions for our vans is below industry average, as more cities introduce Clean Air Zones (including Leeds), and more companies becoming carbon neutral, it’s time to revisit our approach.
With 40,000 people dying prematurely from diesel pollution each year in the UK (according to the Royal College of Physicians) and the government currently reviewing the Clean Air Bill to set, measure, enforce and report on air quality targets, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve.
Is the answer introducing electric vans into our fleet?
There are a lot of sceptics who immediately discount electric vans, using price, range and weight restrictions as reasons for their unsuitability. But here’s some food for thought…
Price – over the whole life cost of a vehicle, we could make an average saving of £1,500 swapping vehicles such as Ford Transit Connect Diesel to Nissan e-NV200 based in London. We could also take advantage of the Plug-in Van Grant which offers 20% off the cost of a plug-in electric van, up to a maximum of £8,000. Grants for chargers are also available.