Car park operator NCP has added the Nissan e-NV200 all-electric van to its London fleet.
The three e-NV200 vans, which are being supplied by ALD Automotive, have already been put into use by NCP for car park maintenance alongside the current diesel vans on the fleet.
The new vehicles are being used in the London congestion charge zone and are set to bring significant savings for NCP as they are exempt from the congestion charge as well as annual road tax.
NCP is also set to benefit from reduced running costs. According to Nissan’s own data, the e-NV200 costs just two pence per mile to run, leading to significant savings compared to a conventional diesel van.
The three vans have been supplied in Acenta Rapid Plus trim, which includes fast charging capability and enables NCP to use the various charging options located around the capital, providing added flexibility.
The all-electric vans also play an important part in NCP’s environmental credentials. NCP secured 100% of its electricity from green sources in 2010. Thanks to the use of this green electricity, the NCP e-NV200s will be among the UK's most environmentally-friendly vehicles.
“It was beneficial for us to take electric vans to run on our fleet for many different reasons,” said fleet manager Efosa Uhunmwangho.
“Not only have we been able to reduce fleet costs, but also our CO2 emissions. ALD have helped us sourcing the vans, but also supplying public charge cards and offering advice and support on driver training. I have no doubt we will be looking to introduce more electric vans in other areas of our business in the future.”
The new three-year agreement between NCP and ALD Automotive builds on an existing partnership between the two companies that dates back to 2013.
For ALD Automotive, the latest partnership with NCP forms part of its ongoing work to work with customers to assess the viability of EVs for their needs and provide a comprehensive fleet management solution from cradle to grave.
Mel Dawson, Managing Director of ALD Automotive, said: “This three-year agreement between ALD and NCP reinforces their confidence in our ability to deliver a fully outsourced fleet management solution.
“At ALD Automotive, we are proactively supporting customers as they decide to move to electric and hybrid vehicles and we are also watching the developments in hydrogen vehicles with keen interest.
“As fleets progressively move to alternatively fuelled vehicles, it’s our role to pre-empt their every need, from assisting with installation of home and business chargers to acquiring the necessary charge cards for the region and even training drivers, in order to ensure their requirements are fully catered for.”