We featured in several articles recently regarding the electrification of our fleet. With the support of a £33,000 loan from Lloyd’s bank we have invested in five new electric vehicles. This makes up 20% of our fleet and helps towards our sustainable practices, as part of our ongoing environmental commitment. We will use our hybrid vehicles for longer journeys and electric for shorter, local trips and we will gradually transition our full fleet to electric vehicles. We are also installing several solar panels to power the electric vehicles.
Our managing director Liam Hanlon said: “Championing sustainability is becoming more and more important for every business in the UK, as the government pushes to reach its net zero targets. We are no exception, and this initiative is a key step in our drive to slash our emissions.
“The team at Lloyds has been incredibly supportive, helping us make investments that will support business growth over the long term while contributing to our own ESG commitments. We’re looking forward to continuing our sustainability journey with their backing.”
Alistair Pike, the relationship director at Lloyds Bank, said: “Liam and his team have delivered exceptional growth over the last 10 years, and they are now ideally placed to champion best practice sustainability while continuing their expansion.
“I’m excited to continue working with The Forshaw Group, as the company embarks on the next stage of its journey.”
Switching from a conventional fleet to electric is sustainable, a way to help the planet, is good for a business’s reputation and will help make significant cost savings. Although electric vehicles are more expensive to buy, they have significantly lower running costs when compared to petrol or diesel equivalents. A move to using electric vehicles gives us the chance to address environmental issues. Electric vehicles have no tail pipe emissions. It is estimated that an electric car powered from today’s grid could emit between 15 per cent and 40 per cent less CO2 over its lifetime, than a similar sized petrol car.
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