Hampshire-based Taylor Made has added six BMW i3s to its fleet, in a bid to increase it green credentials.
The company says this is the first step in its move towards electrifying its entire fleet of 50 vehicles.
Founder and managing director Nigel Taylor said: “The entire team was so excited about the arrival of the new electric cars and couldn’t wait to see them pull up outside the office. We’re well-known for our branded cars and can’t wait to get these new, greener vehicles, out on the road.”
With the Government planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, an increasing number of businesses are starting to switch to electric cars.
Taylor Made installed three charging points at its Cams Hall Estate headquarters to ensure the i3s are ready for action at any time.
The vehicles will be used as pool cars for the company’s 115 employees, who need to be ready to dash out and help clients at a moment’s notice.
“Our customers span across the entire south of England, from Poole in the west to Brighton and London in the East. We’ll be able to use our chargers before we leave and top up with rapid charges on the road if necessary for longer journeys,” said Taylor.
Compass Leasing in Portsmouth helped Taylor Made make the switch and said it has seen a real rise in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles in Hampshire.
There are currently an estimated 126,000 electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. According to the latest figures from the SMMT, more than 41,000 new alternatively fuelled vehicles have been registered so far this year, up around a quarter on the same period last year.