FLEET Alliance is helping a conservation charity drive towards a greener future.
The Glasgow-based leasing broker has won a five-way tender process to assist The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) move its fleet to electric vehicles.
The Doncaster-based award-winning charity, which was founded in 1959 and whose vice president is Sir David Attenborough, operates teams of employees and volunteers from 10 offices around the UK.
It runs community conservation projects designed to “connect people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community”.
The charity currently has about 50 conservation projects in place across the UK
To meet its commitments, including moving volunteers and materials to conservation projects, TCV operates a fleet of 75 diesel-powered light commercial vehicles, and a number of minibuses. Which was increasingly at odds with its conservation remit.
Fleet Alliance – which recently helped the Pinnacle Group start its EV transition – is now delivering four zero emission Citroen e-Dispatch M 1000 100kW 75kWh Crew Van Enterprise Pro Auto models to four sites around the country – Stirling, Glasgow, Leeds and London.
The vans will be assessed by the TVC teams before further electric vans are introduced.
TCV Finance Manager, Katherine Hutt, said:
“Fleet Alliance has been really helpful in sourcing this initial batch of four electric vans and providing positive financial arrangements that have been really beneficial to our cashflow – which, due to its multi-source nature, can be rather complex.
“More than that, they have also provided valuable advice and assistance in all aspects of running EVs, including battery range and installing the most appropriate chargers at our various sites from where they will be operated.
“If this trial proves successful, then we will look closely at replacing more of our vehicles to electric power.”
Fleet Alliance CEO, Andy Bruce, added:
Like many of our customers, TCV has begun its journey to, ultimately, an all-electric fleet which is very much in accord with its own mission of helping conserve the environment for future generations. We will provide the necessary advice and support to ensure that the transition to electrification meets their ambitions and plays a key role in helping them achieve their conservation and net zero carbon aspirations.
Ralph Morton is the leading journalist in the leasing broker sector and editor of Broker News, the website which provides information and news for BVRLA-registered leasing brokers. He also writes extensively on the fleet and leasing market in both the UK and Europe.