Going Electric

  20 FEBRUARY, 2018
Going Electric

The British Government has announced that from 2040 it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

Last year we completed a trial of four different electric vehicles as part of our contract with Manchester University, which has charging points on site. We found that some of the vehicles weren’t suitable for us because of the limits on the mileage per charge. We intend to move forward and lease one vehicle on a two-year basis following the trial and are reviewing opportunities to do the same on other sites over the coming years.

Steven Lucas, our transport manager believes electric vehicles are currently only feasible for servicing single sites with assess to a recharging infrastructure. Having a van making multiple trips across different locations is just not practical as many can only travel around 40 miles per charge under real conditions in winter months. And while the government is set to increase the number of charging points as part of its wider infrastructure investment, it is likely to be a slow burn.

However there is a strong case for using EVs for certain projects, especially as going electric can strengthen your brand among your clients and their customers, and also there are the reduced fuel and tax costs to factor in.

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