ONE of Scotland’s leading housebuilders, Springfield Properties, has welcomed its first electric van to its fleet, as part of a wider sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon footprint.
The van, which will be used by staff at Springfield’s kit factory in Elgin, is the first of its commercial vehicle fleet to be replaced with an electric model. The move marks the first step in Springfield Properties’ plan to phase out its diesel vehicles in favour of a fully electric fleet. The Group estimates a Co2 saving of 5.2tonnes per vehicle will be achieved through this transition.
A structured replacement programme will ensure that moving forward the Company van fleet keeps apace with the evolving technological advancements in electric vehicles.
To support the introduction of electric vehicles and make positive environmental changes, Springfield Properties also recently installed a bank of new electric charging stations at its offices in Larbert and Elgin, as well as a duel charging station at its Elgin kit factory. There are also moves to install temporary mobile charging points across its construction sites.
Innes Smith, CEO at Springfield Properties said:
“We are excited to have welcomed the first electric van into Springfield Properties’ fleet. This is the first step towards implementing all-electric vehicles across the business as we continue our journey on improving our sustainability.
“In a further policy change we are also set to introduce zero emission electric company cars to staff, previously we only offered car allowances; it’s a move that has been received very positively among colleagues. It demonstrates Springfield’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.
“There is no denying, businesses of all sizes and across every sector still have a way to go to reach the 2045 targets, but these are the types of positive changes and initiatives that will help us get there.”