The executive board of directors at Tusker have all taken delivery of new electric vehicles as their company cars.
Chief executive officer David Hosking, chief operating officer Mark Sinclair, and chief commercial officer Iain Carmichael, have all opted for BMW i3s, while chief financial officer David Brockwell, has chosen a Nissan Leaf.
Tusker says it has seen an upsurge in orders for EVs, with a 250% increase in EV orders since promoting them to customers of its salary sacrifice scheme over the last four months.
The company has installed four charging points in the company car park of its new offices in Hertfordshire. Electric cars are now available to all company car drivers at all grades and to non-car eligible staff on its salary sacrifice scheme.
Brockwell said: “We wanted a reasonable mix of EVs to enable us to compare different models, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Leaf. Once you have overcome any range anxiety issues, it’s a different way of driving: pleasant, smooth and quicker than I anticipated. I’ve driven up to 75 miles on one charge and have had a home charge point installed for easy re-charging,” he said.
Sinclair, one of the three BMW i3 drivers, said: ”I absolutely love the driving experience with the i3 and, in many respects prefer it to a conventionally ICE-engined car. I have found it ideal for my commute to work, both in stop-start traffic and on motorways.
“From a running costs point of view, the i3 has worked out far cheaper than the 520D I was driving, with a saving of around £560 per month in BIK and fuel."
“We expect uptake of EVs on salary sacrifice and contract hire schemes to continue to grow this year, as more models come onto the market and awareness of the savings and practicality of EV’s grows amongst end-users in line with an expanding recharging network and infrastructure,” added Hosking.