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Half of Chevin’s fleet now electric

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Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced that more than half of its company vehicles are now electric or electric hybrid.

It had previously committed to ensuring that at least 5% of its fleet was electric by 2020, having joined the Go Ultra Low campaign in 2016.

Additional green investment has been made through the installation of solar panels on Chevin’s Derbyshire head office.

Energy produced from the panels is used as ‘green’ fuel to power the fleet via two electric charge points. Plans are in place for additional charge points as other diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles within its fleet are phased out.

Ashley Sowerby, managing director of Chevin, said: “We found that since switching part of our fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles, our running costs are now much lower as we do our bit for the planet through reduced emissions.

“Solar panels in effect provide ‘green’ fuel for the vehicles. Planning journeys to include charge points hasn’t really been an issue as they tend to cover daily drive requirements comfortably on a single charge.”

Businesses interested in switching to a green fleet may be able to claim Government grants of up to £3,500 against the purchase price of eligible vehicles. In addition, the Workplace Charging Scheme provides grants of up to £500 against the cost of charge point installation, up to a maximum of twenty points per business.

Photo caption: (left to right) Stephen de Launay, global senior product specialist, Gareth Roulston, projects team lead and Ashley Sowerby, managing director. 

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