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Tusker directors opt for EVs

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.


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  • Patriot - 13/05/2014 22:41

    'The company has installed four charging points in the company car park..............' Four Board members have chosen EV's. ' Electric cars are now available to all company car drivers at all grades and to non-car eligible staff on its salary sacrifice scheme.' Simple question: How will the other employees re-charge their EV's? The article above does not say the four charge points are multi user points. The Executive Charge Points is as bad as,or worse than car parking spaces marked 'Directors Only' and/or car parking spaces with directors names on them. Talk about alienating your employees, you could'nt make it up.

    • devon - 15/05/2014 07:27

      @Patriot - of course if another (junior) emloyee wishes to charge his or her car they will ask the Directors PA to move the said Directors EV and have access to the space. noting that a request like this 5 times a week could seriously damage future career opportunities :)

    • David Hosking - 15/05/2014 15:29

      @devon - Hi @devon, that's not the way thing operate at Tusker and very happy to share our plans with you on how we are encouraging uptake for EV's at Tusker if you'd like to drop me a line at david.hosking@tuskerdirect.com Kind regards David Hosking

    • David Hosking - 15/05/2014 15:33

      @Patriot - Hi @Patriot, we have a plan to increase charging points at Tusker as more employees take up the option. We now have 5 vehicles, with the capacity to easily charge around 10 per day. I'm very happy to share our plans with you if you'd like to contact me at david.hosking@tuskerdirect.com Kind regards David Hosking

    • Patriot - 15/05/2014 21:32

      @David Hosking - I am happy to be corrected but why did the report give the opposite view to yours? You will agree at the first reading of the report my views are echoed by others ie: 4 EV's. 4 directors. Thanks for the clarification.

    • David Hosking - 16/05/2014 22:33

      @Patriot - Hi Patriot, you are correct, the article should have read multi user points as we have installed the charging points for the benefit of every one of our company car drivers who chooses to take the option of an EV as their company car rather than the more traditional petrol/diesel equivalent. We also encourage any of our suppliers who visit us in EV's to make use of the charging posts. It looks like we have at least another 3 of our employees who will shortly be making the switch into EV's (as they have seen the significant savings that they can make) so we will shortly be looking to add a further 2 charging points in the adjacent parking bays. We have recently also paid for an additional 30 parking spaces to ensure everyone at Tusker who needs to use a car to get to work has ample space to park adjacent to our offices and some of these may well end up having EV charging points fitted as well if the take up makes it necessary. I'm very happy that I was able to clarify this for you. Kind regards David

  • David Hosking - 15/05/2014 15:24

    A sad but almost predictable negative response to a positive message and based upon zero insight into the Tusker business or the reality of charging EV's. On average the cars take 2 to 3 hours to charge so there is ample capacity to charge up to 10 cars per day at present and we've also already added the option to increase this capacity in the future with additional charging posts should they become necessary. And nobody at Tusker sees it beneath them to spend a couple of minutes moving a car, me included!

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