Company trials two Nissan e-NV200 plug-in vans to help meet the highest environmental standards
FM Conway have added two Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to their London-based fleet in partnership with commercial vehicle rental specialists Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.
The vehicles are being used by the infrastructure services company across the English capital to support its highway term maintenance contracts and it is intended that their use in and around London will demonstrate how zero emissions electric technology can play an integral role in establishing sustainable fleets.
The initiative follows a £7 million investment by FM Conway in their owned fleet earlier this year to ensure the company’s liveried vehicles meet the highest emissions standards before the introduction of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019.
‘When we started to talk to Enterprise about electric vans, it became clear that on both sides we wanted to demonstrate how they could be effective as part of a sustainable working fleet,’ said John Tobin, FM Conway’s asset manager.
‘Many companies that invested early on in electric vans found that it can take time to identify the right applications for them in day-to-day work. This trial is helping us to see how we can integrate more electric vehicles across our business and we have recently installed electric charging points at our vehicle depots to pave the way for further investment.’
The vans are recharged once every three days and operate like every other vehicle in the fleet.
Danny Glynn, managing director of Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, commented: ‘Many organizations are still unclear about the role that electric vehicles play within a working fleet, given current costs and the charging infrastructure.
‘This is why we were so keen to partner with FM Conway on this project. We wanted to demonstrate that there are clear applications for electric vans. Emissions legislation is emerging as a number one priority as towns and cities across the country try to improve urban air quality.’