THE UK’s largest leasing provider, Lex Autolease, has supported community medical services provider Medequip to reduce its vehicle emissions by replacing some of its petrol and diesel commercial vehicles with electric models.
Thanks to Lex Autolease, 25 vehicles from Medequip’s 460-strong service and delivery fleet are now Mercedes-Benz eSprinter all-electric vans. The boost to Medequip’s pure-electric fleet has come about following a successful trial last year.
Both financial and environmental savings have been calculated by Lex Autolease, through its partnership with conversion firm Fentili. Medequip will benefit from £1,200 of cost savings for each commercial vehicle replaced, with CO2 savings across the fleet expected to top 8%.
Chris Seaman, Corporate Customer Relationship Manager at Lex Autolease, said:
This is a major milestone on Medequip’s journey to reduce their fleet emissions and overall carbon footprint, playing their part in improving the UK’s air quality.
The pandemic really helped highlight the importance of at-home community care and the difference it can make to the lives of vulnerable people, allowing them to maintain their independence in their own homes while still receiving the vital care they need.
The move to electric vehicles is only the start as well, as Medequip’s clean air programme means that specialist commercial vehicle fleet engineers at Lex Autolease will continue to support the company make further CO2 reductions in coming years.
Medequip’s drive to introduce sustainable vehicles into their day-to-day operations will help further establish them as leaders in their field, setting the industry sustainability standard, and we’re extremely proud to be a part of that.
As part of our four-year sole supply agreement, we will continue to work closely with the team to make sure their drivers continue to get the most out of their new electric vehicles.
The introduction of a further 25 commercial electric vehicles forms part of our clean air programme which will see Medequip invest further in EVs for use across the UK. By late spring of this year, zero emissions vehicles will make up 10% of the entire fleet.
Peter Gaunt, Fleet Manager for Medequip, said:
The earlier trials demonstrated how well an electric van meets the requirements of the business. With vehicles scheduled efficiently to cover their defined areas, they are capable of completing a day of deliveries to homes on a single charge. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Lex Autolease to achieve our sustainability ambitions.
The eSprinters were supplied to Medequip by Intercounty Truck & Van Ltd and given their Medequip livery by specialists Mediafleet.