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.
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.