A home maintenance company will be turning to electric power for 10% of its total van fleet.
Fortem, a provider of repairs and maintenance for housing association and local authority properties in the UK, is planning to have 20 Nissan e-NV200 vans within its total fleet by the end of 2018 as it seeks to reduce its fuel bill.
Following a successful trial in 2015, Fortem initially ordered two of the pure electric e-NV200 models for its Rotherham depot, quickly followed by another two at the same site, plus an additional eight vans in Birmingham to be ordered in 2018.
With a total of 12 e-NV200s, Fortem estimates fuel savings of £1,500 year, but expects those savings to dramatically increase as it adds to its complement of electrically powered Nissan vans.
The e-NV200 vans already in operation by Fortem are primarily used as pool vehicles for supervisors to carry equipment and are charged when returned to the depots.
Roy O’Connor, customer liaison officer at Fortem, said, “We really did our homework before deciding to make the switch to electric but it’s been so easy and the results have been fantastic. We’re already planning to have more e-NV200 vans by the end of 2018 and I see no reason why we won’t add even more in the future.”
As well as reducing its carbon footprint, Fortem also enjoys lower running and servicing costs when compared with the equivalent diesel vehicle.
Simon Timmins, corporate sales manager at Nissan Fleet Sales, said, “The Nissan e-NV200 electric van is a great choice of vehicle for Fortem, offering ample room to transport people and equipment, plus ultra-low running costs.”