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Grundfos Pumps cuts daily rental spend by 42%

Grundfos Pumps has cut its daily rental spend by 42% after introducing Alphabet’s corporate car sharing solution, AlphaCity.

It introduced AlphaCity in November 2013 and has since decreased its daily rental spend by more than £5,000, enhanced visibility of when and where the car is being used at any given time, and improved its environmental footprint.

Grundfos employees now utilise a BMW 320 EfficientDynamics, equipped with Alphabet’s AlphaCity corporate car sharing technology, for the majority of business journeys.

The AlphaCity vehicle remains on site at Grundfos’ Leighton Buzzard headquarters, providing multiple drivers with access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through an electronic card system. Employees simply check availability, book the vehicle online and are ready to drive. Grundfos no longer has to worry about the physical management of the vehicle's keys, booking process or compliance with associated health and safety and financial legislation.  

Jason Funnell, operations director at Grundfos Pumps, said: “At Grundfos we’re responsible for 1.5% of the world’s energy consumption, so it’s vital that we take steps to reduce our energy consumption and improve our carbon footprint where possible. AlphaCity has given us the ability to do this whilst simultaneously reducing time, stress and costs.

“Previously we were dependent on rental vehicles, which were not only time-intensive to manage, but there was no guarantee that the vehicle delivered would be environmentally friendly. Also due to the timing of business journeys, more often than not vehicles had to be delivered a day in advance, and returned a day after, tripling costs unnecessarily.”

There is potential for expansion of the car sharing initiative, with the introduction of further cars at the other Grundfos locations in Birmingham, Leigh or Livingston.

Kit Wisdom, head of corporate mobility at Alphabet, added: “Today, mobility for businesses and their employees is no longer merely about company cars, rental vehicles and their financing. It’s about providing a wide range of options for going from A to B, and optimising the total cost of mobility. New, flexible schemes such as AlphaCity corporate car sharing can not only help businesses avoid unnecessary environmental impact, but free up time and resource to focus on other areas of the business”.

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