British energy and communications firm SPIE UK announces the first step in its fleet electrification effort. The company purchased 60 Nissan e-NV200 vans and says it aims to replace 98 per cent of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025.
Including the new Nissan electric vehicles, SPIE UK estimates that it should reduce its emissions by about 20% in the next twelve months and subsequently by 80% by 2025. The company also announces partnerships with Shell’s NewMotion and Shell Fleet Solutions.
Commenting on the choice of Nissan vans, the company said it was aligned with its operational requirements. SPIE had launched a mobility survey to understand drivers’ needs better. With the vehicles parked at employees’ homes, charging and remunerating employees for the associated costs was identified as a key issue.
Cue in Shell – the company’s businesses will install a complete home charging solution for users of the new vehicles through the deal with SPIE. The smart charge points will monitor the electricity being used to charge the electric vehicles, and SPIE says employees will be reimbursed accordingly. Additionally, SPIE employees can also charge on the go with the Shell Card, which the company says provides access to almost 8000 charge points across the UK.
The Nissan vans come with a 40-kWh battery providing an operational range of 187 miles together with a cargo capacity of over 700kg plus vehicle-to-grid charging technology. Nissan says it also fitted the vehicles with features such as autonomous braking, driver and passenger airbags, vehicle telemetry, 60 Mph speed limiter, front and rear-facing safety camera technology, plus parking assistance sensors and cameras.
Andrea Patti, Head of Corporate Sales UK, Nissan, said SPIE were doing “incredibly important work” to encourage and assist others in following suit.
ALD Automotive is on board as a fleet partner and has been working with SPIE since 2014. The company adds it had worked with the team to begin decarbonising the fleet, taking it from 100% ICE vehicles to a mix of ICE and plug-in hybrids already then.
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