Gavin Jones' fleet gets greener with first electric vehicle

Landscape company Gavin Jones has purchased its first electric vehicle and plans to acquire more throughout 2016.

Electric car. Image: Pixabay
Electric car. Image: Pixabay

The move is part of a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 3 per cent per annum. Other actions include recently achieving FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) which encompasses fuel efficiency, economical operations, vehicle emission and safety.

The company is already accredited to ISO 14001 for environmental management, and intends to achieve further accreditation to Energy Management ISO 50001.

In a statement the company explained: "With increasing concern over the effects of global warming, the negative health effects of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide in the city environment, the replacement of fossil fuel based vehicles with electrically powered vehicles has become increasingly necessary.

"Gavin Jones is always looking for new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, as are many of our clients."

The new vehicle has a range of 106 miles and a carrying capacity of 703kg, making it a "viable alternative" to traditional vehicles.

Gavin Jones safety, quality and environmental manager Bill Davidson said: "As a landscape management service provider, we take the responsibility of our impact on the environment very seriously and continue to look for initiatives to reduce our company wide CO2.

"These initiatives include solar panels and a bore hole at head office along with a tracking device on our vehicles ensuring they are driven economically through reduced speed and shortest route. It will be interesting to monitor the effect the electric van has on our fuel usage, particularly as we add more to our fleet."

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