Private Sector Fleet of the Year (Medium to Large)
Awarding the UK private sector organsation with a fleet of more than 300 vehicles that can demonstrate a reduction in CO₂ and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training.
Always a keen proponent of green technology, Microsoft has made a serious commitment to the environmental benefits of ULEVs over the past five years. More than one in ten (12 per cent) of its entire UK company car fleet is now hybrid or fully electric (60 out of 520 cars). This figure is expected to double to nearly a quarter (24 per cent or 120 cars) by April 2017. The equivalent figure amongst the grey fleet is five per cent and rising.
Speedy Asset Services Ltd
Three BMW i3s have been specially adapted for commercial use as part of a three-month trial at Speedy Asset Services which could save up to £3,000 per year in congestion charge fees alone. The i3s are used in place of a Transit, with the company keen to investigate other savings associated with operating EVs, such as fuel and tax. Two i3s have been deployed in London and one in Manchester, with the latter to provide a better understanding of how easily an EV can be operated outside London, where charging points are less common.
Britvic’s 515 strong fleet is made up of 92 LCVs and 423 cars, with 60 alternative fuel & electric vehicles now making up 11 per cent of the total fleet. For each level of employee ‘band’, it provides two or three hybrid or electric alternatives, advertising the ‘whole life cost’ of a vehicle to the employee. This is championed by the plc Executive team, whose company cars are all fully electric. Pool vehicles are plug-in hybrids. Trails of hybrid and EV technology for the Light Commercial fleet are currently underway. The carbon produced for all business travel is offset through projects in Brazil.
By using Whole Life Cost data to specify the most cost effective vehicles, Galliford Try has been able to switch users to low CO₂ cars. The company car choice list reflects the increasingly low CO₂ cars that are available in the marketplace and by publishing the BIK tax payable each month against each car, the benefit is highlighted to drivers, resulting in the average CO2 across the company car fleet reducing from 125g/km in 2012 to 101g/km today. With the adoption of PHEVs, the carbon footprint is continuing to drop.
Gnewt Cargo manages fuel costs of one pence per mile with a fleet of more than 100 electric vehicles, which in 2015 collectively clocked up 200,000 miles. The company claims it operates the largest commercial fully electric transport operation in any city worldwide, delivering between 5,000 and 20,000 parcels daily. Independent verification by the University of Westminster suggests the company’s business model has cut CO2 emissions per parcel delivered by 62 per cent and reduced kerbside space usage by 54 per cent. It is a bronze member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme and is hoping to achieve silver standard.
Operating a specialist fleet, quite unlike any other, which requires a different approach. But it is a challenge that they have met head-on, and as a result, have seen huge reductions in CO₂ and NOx.