Our first Electric Vehicle, paving the way for the future
As part of our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions we have recently began converting our diesel fleet of vehicles to electric. Our first electric vehicles (EVs) are currently used for the transportation of our staff from our London depot to our customers’ sites in central London and surrounding areas. The Maxus EV80 vans, which have a range of 120 miles can fast-charge to 80% in an hour and half, meaning that they can be charged while our crews work. The new vehicles have been specially adapted for Restore Harrow Green and can carry eight passengers in addition to the driver as well as cargo in the back.
Having recently signed EV100 we aim to be expanding our electric fleet as the contracts of our older vehicles expire with the goal of having a fully electric fleet by 2030 or sooner. The next additions to our EV fleet will be two 3.5 tonne Renault Master Z.Es. along with a 7.5 tonne Mitsubishi eCanter due to arrive in the coming weeks and a VOLTA 16 tonne HGV scheduled for 2022.
In fact, we’ve adapted our CSR policy commitments to include a Group-wide electrification strategy where all of the Restore plc companies aim to work from or provide our own renewable energy sources such as solar farms and hydrogen plants based exclusively on our sites, making us efficient, self-sustaining and of course saving on cost.
As members of The Planet Mark we’re dedicated to constantly refining our environmental policies and as a fleet dependent company, we understand that reducing our carbon emissions is a critical part of that effort. Electric vehicles help improve air quality, particularly in cities like London, which struggle with air quality. Electric vehicles have no exhaust pipe, which means they can’t emit harmful fumes. Electric vehicles are also cheaper to run, are exempt from congestion charges, are road tax exempt and ULEZ approved, which means fewer costs for us and therefore savings for our customers.
Restore Harrow Green’s commitment to sustainability and dedication to the environment will now even include company cars, as all new acquisitions will either be plug in electric (PHEV) or fully electric (EV), ensuring that all internal combustion engine cars used by the company are gradually phased out.
We hope that over the next few months and years our fleet will be fully electric so that the we’re helping the relocation world come one step closer to carbon neutrality.