Hilti GB is continuing the electrification of the UK fleet as it aims for a 50% EV share this year. The tool manufacturer and construction company has replaced more than 200 cars with Kia electric models across the UK and also offers free home charger installations to staff.
The Kia e-Niro 4+ has a 282-mile official WLTP range, enough for any drive since Hilti employees drive no more than 111 miles per day. On the market since 2018, the e-Niro borrows the drive from the Kona Electric. In other words: 100 kW power with a 39.2 kWh battery or 150 kW with a 64 kWh battery. The 4+ version Hilti selected has the bigger battery.
Commenting on the rollout, Hilti’s Head of Finance and Head of Sustainability, Annette Boren, said Kia was a “strategic choice as we are confident their EV pipeline is strong enough to support us through further rollouts in the future.”
Hilti already replaced 35 per cent of its current fleet with eco models in 2021 and is targeting 50 per cent by 2022 and the entire fleet by 2024. As well as cars, Hilti has a fleet of some 300 vans with plans also to replace these with electric vans.
Kia estimates the transition to EVs across the business to reduce Hilti’s total global emissions by nearly half.
In other news, Kia will release a new Niro model range in 2022 but has yet to provide details on the BEV and PHEV versions.
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