Chestertons, one of London’s larger estate agents, is becoming the first estate group to replace its entire fleet of company cars with electric vehicles. The first 33 of a total of 60 BMW i3 are to arrive this July.
Chestertons currently have 33 offices across London and a fleet of around 60 cars on the roads in the British capital. They will replace them with all-electric BMW i3s over the coming months, with the first 30 electric cars arriving in July. Lombard Vehicle Solutions will provide Chestertons’ fleet of electric vehicles via its partner, ALD Automotive.
Chestertons’ zero emission commitment follows the example of the owner and chairman of the company already taking delivery of his personal all-electric BMW i3. Also Guy Gittins, Chestertons MD, told TLE that they “have been wanting to make the move to electric vehicles for a while and this year, after switching to electric for a couple of the branches, we decided that improved electric car technology and the increased availability of charge points across the city have now made it entirely practical to replace our entire fleet. Our staff have been involved with the trials and are all extremely supportive and excited about our road to becoming the first zero-emissions estate agency.”
Chestertons is also in the process of changing their energy to come from renewables at all of its 33 London branches.
The move follows a push for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and clean air initiatives across the British capital, most notably through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS). The framework contract provides a total of £3.7 million to four parties to help deliver charging points across London boroughs. The initiative is hosted by Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority. The scheme supports providers of lamppost charging, namely Char.gy as well as Joju and Swarco and Berlin-based Ubitricity.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles funds the Go-ultra Low City scheme. The project is aiming to deliver 1,150 charge points for electric vehicles across London boroughs by the end of 2020.