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.
2020 Winner: Mitie
2019 Winner: Ocado
Ocado is the first UK retailer to fully fund the purchase of an onsite, grid-connected natural gas refuelling station... outright, at a cost of £3 million. The filling station powers their fleet of 29 CNG biomethane trucks, which represent 20 per cent of their HGV fleet. In addition to the CNG tractors and a hydrogen dual fuel trial, they have just put 15 electric home delivery vans.
Hermes has introduced a fleet of bio-methane fuel and pure electric vehicles, partnering with CNG Fuels to facilitate trials of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). These have led to an order for 30 Iveco Stralis CNG units, making up nearly 20% of the 166 units in the fleet. 32 pure electric vans have also been introduced to its central London fleet. These will serve more than 100 delivery rounds inside the low emission zone and is a step towards the comnpany’s goal of a 50 per cent CO2 reduction by 2020.
Operating a mixed fleet of 2,500 company cars, vans and specialist vehicles and using various procurement options, Galliford Try’s company car choice list reflects an increasing interest in low CO2 cars. Averages across the company car fleet have been reduced from 125g/km in 2012 to 98g/km in 2018, and with the adoption of Plug-In hybrids, which form almost 10% of the fleet, its carbon footprint is continuing to drop. These can now be charged at 10 office locations around the country, with drivers encouraged to take up available grants to install home charging stations.
M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions
M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions (MGSPFS) operates a fleet of 6160 vehicles and has developed a methodical strategy to drive down its emissions. Telematics is used for route planning and focuses on safety as well as improving fuel efficiency. Emerging alternatively fuelled vehicles and technologies are purchased and implemented within the various divisions to assess their economic viability.
Amey Streets Ahead
Following a successful trial of hydrogen and electric vehicles, infrastructure firm Amey is using its position as Sheffield’s city-wide highways contractor to slash emissions and encourage better driver behaviour among staff. Nissan eNV200 electric vehicles were tested by road inspectors over two years, which convinced Amey to order 20 new electric vans and install 21 charging points at its depots.
Brakes Group/Certas Energy
Following a nine month trial of Shell GTL Fuel, Brakes commissioned an independent third party testing from analysts at the Millbrook vehicle testing facility with the support of DAF trucks, to measure the emissions benefits. The results revealed significant air quality improvements and a 47% reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx). The use of Shell’s cleaner burning fuel has also led to quieter engine noise levels and odour-free refuelling at the pump.
UK Power Networks
Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has introduced eight Renault Kangoo ZE 33 panel vans to its fleet which will use electricity generated at six of its locations, where 27 charge points have been installed. The company has also added the electric Renault ZOE supermini to its company car scheme - the first EV to appear on its approved car list.
John Lewis Partnership - Waitrose
Ten new Scania-manufactured CNG trucks entered operation for Waitrose in January this year and will be used to make deliveries to the company’s stores in the Midlands and the North. They are the first in Europe to use twin 26-inch diameter carbon fibre fuel tanks which store gas at 250 bar of pressure to increase range from around 300 miles to as much as 500. This allows them to always run entirely on biomethane. The vehicles are likely to operate for at least five more years, generating overall savings of £75,000 to £100,000 compared with a diesel equivalent. Each lorry will also save more than 100 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Rexel has 62 LCV and 28 HGV renewals due in the new year, and is currently in negotiations with Renault and Ford to trial full electric/hybrid commercial vehicles in London. Renault will supply a full electric Kangoo Van and Ford will be arranging a new Hybrid Transit Custom to test on routes and to test the validity of moving the LCV fleet over to alternative fuel/low emission vehicles. Rexel has also investigated potential options to help improve its average MPG figure and will trial five potential suppliers next year.
In the last 18 months, HAL has switched 55 of its fleet from diesel fuelled vehicles to alternative greener vehicles and electrics. This led to a requirement to provide sufficient charging infrastructure to support not only HAL fleet but also the increasing demand from third parties, suppliers, staff and passengers. To address the issue, HAL looked at the operational requirements using telematics data to identify “hot spot” areas where charging points were required. More infrastructure is being planned within the next 18 months.
As part of Britvic’s commitment to be a Go Ultra Low Company, it aimed to increase the use of electric vehicles, to represent 10 per cent of its total fleet by 2020. Britvic currently operates total of 494 vehicles, consisting of 400 cars and 94 vans, and operates a ‘user chooser’ car policy, actively encouraging employees to choose low carbon alternatives. This has increased the total representation of electric and alternative fuel vehicles to 18 per cent (72) of its total car fleet or 15 per cent of its total fleet. The current average CO2 km for its car fleet is now 103g/km, with an equally impressive average figure of 135g/km for its light commercial vehicles.
Leading food wholesaler Brakes has over 2,000 trucks on the road each day in the UK. In September this year, all 42 DAF LF55.220 18T trucks operating in the London
area were switched from diesel to the cleaner burning Shell GTL Fuel from Certas Energy. On-road studies using heavy duty vehicles have shown that paraffinic fuels, like GTL Fuel, can significantly reduce local emissions from vehicle fleets due to the fuel having a higher cetane number, and almost zero sulphur and aromatic molecules. No modifications to engine or equipment were required.
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.