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Secure Contracting, University of Salford, and Stagecoach have undergone fleet electrification. Switching to electric or hybrid vehicles can generate immediate on-road carbon savings compared to petrol and diesel vehicles. We spoke to the three companies who have electrified their fleet to hear their advice on going electric.
When compared with their petrol and diesel equivalents, EVs have lower tailpipe emissions and will generate a significantly lower footprint over their lifespan. According to a study conducted by Transport and Environment, an EV will on average emit three times less CO2 than equivalent petrol or diesel cars.
Taking into account the problems associated with importing batteries, such as freight emissions and the complications of mining rare earth metals such as lithium, even in the worst-case scenario of a battery produced in China and driven in Poland, an EV emits 22% less CO2 than diesel and 28% less than petrol. Variations across vehicles and additional factors can be used to draw comparisons using this tool.
EVs can have multiple applications across a range of businesses; here we speak to three organisations to understand how they did it and the impact they’re having.
Secure Contracting operates a fleet of twenty vehicles, eight of which they turned to full electric in December 2021, with three more electric vans added recently, bringing their total up to eleven.
“We decided to go electric after looking at the telematics data; most drivers did under 200 miles a week getting to and from properties, and collecting materials,” explains Jimmy Gaunt, operations director at Secure Contracting NW Ltd. “This meant that range anxiety wasn’t an issue for us.”
By specialising their larger vans to carry heavier tools and equipment, Secure Contracting were able to electrify their smaller vans which would carry drivers and lighter tools only.
Jimmy talked to us about how engaging their workforce early helped them to address resistance to change.
“It was important to get the drivers on board. We had some complaints from drivers who had to adjust their driving and consider charging when planning their longer journeys. However, battery life is in the manner of driving. We stood by our decision and educated our staff on EV ownership, ensuring they were driving efficiently in a way more suited to EVs.”