Edwin James Group Aims to Cut Carbon with E-Vans

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Edwin James Group has introduced a promising pilot programme aimed at gradually replacing approximately 70 diesel vans each year with eco-friendly alternatives.

This move marks the first stride in the group's journey towards electrifying their entire van fleet. Presently, engineers are meticulously evaluating the performance and suitability of these new vans for various operational needs.

This significant initiative resonates deeply with Edwin James Group's commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles as they strive to slash carbon emissions by 50% before 2025 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.

As a company with over 1,000 employees scattered throughout the UK, Edwin James Group manages a fleet consisting of 250 vehicles, including 230 vans and 20 cars. Notably, they have already commenced the transition to electric power, successfully converting their entire company car fleet to electric vehicles.

Discussing the rationale behind the pilot project, Mark Longley, corporate services director at Edwin James Group, emphasised the pivotal role of their fleet in their carbon footprint, constituting 84% of the total emissions. Consequently, the focus of their carbon reduction efforts is primarily on the fleet. The company employs tracking systems to monitor mileage and driving patterns daily. By analysing this data, they are strategically identifying opportunities to switch to electric vans based on available charging infrastructure and operational requirements.

Longley outlined their vision for the future, stating, "If the pilot proves successful, we will replace vehicles as their leases expire. By 2027, the entire light commercial fleet will be electric, aligning perfectly with our carbon reduction objectives."

Edwin James Group has entrusted Fleet Alliance to manage their fleet on an outsourced basis, responsible for vehicle procurement, conversions, leasing solutions, and accident management services. CEO Andy Bruce acknowledged the growing trend among customers to pursue an electric route in harmony with their Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) timelines. While some transitions may pose challenges, thoughtful planning and meticulous execution are paving the way for these meaningful transformations.

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