Conservation charity, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), is heading towards a greener future with an all-electric fleet under the leadership of rental and fleet management specialist, Fleet Alliance.
The multi-award winning charity based in Doncaster, which was founded in 1959 and whose vice-chairman is Mr David Attenborough, operates teams of staff and volunteers from 10 offices across the UK. He runs community conservation projects designed to “connect people to the green spaces that are a vital part of any healthy and happy community.”
The charity currently has around 50 conservation projects in place across the UK, including local parks and community gardens, nature reserves, sites of special scientific interest, schools, hospital grounds, waterways, wetlands and forests across the country.
To meet its commitments, including moving volunteers and materials to conservation projects, TCV operates a fleet of around 75 light commercial vehicles, with a mix of short, medium and long wheelbase vans and a number of minibuses , all diesel-powered.
However, due to the nature of its conservation activities and the fact that many of its vehicles operate in clean air zones and are subject to penalties for not being ultra-low emissions, the charity has decided explore options for switching to electric vehicles (EVs). .
After securing funding from its partners, which include local authorities, trusts and charitable foundations, TCV went to market and selected Fleet Alliance from a shortlist of five different potential suppliers for support. and advice in the competitive sourcing of the most suitable models.
Using its extensive fleet and rental experience and expertise in electric vehicles, Fleet Alliance has recommended an initial batch of four zero-emission Citroën Dispatch e-DISPATCH M 1000 100kW 75kWh Crew Van Enterprise Pro Auto models.
The leasing and fleet management specialist used its bidding solution, which employs up to nine lenders, to determine the most profitable leasing rentals and source the vehicles.
These are being delivered to four sites across the country – Stirling, Glasgow, Leeds and London – so local teams can test the practicalities of using electric vehicles. If the initial batch of four electric vehicles is successful, TCV will switch more of its vans to electric as they are replaced.
Chief Financial Officer of TCV, Katherine Huttsaid: “Fleet Alliance have been very helpful in sourcing this first batch of four electric vans and providing positive financial arrangements which have been really beneficial to our cash flow – which, due to its multi-source nature, can be quite complex.
“More than that, they also provided invaluable advice and assistance in all aspects of EV use, including battery range and installing the most appropriate chargers at our various sites from which they will be used.
“If this trial proves successful, we will look closely at replacing more of our vehicles with electricity,” she said.
CEO of Fleet Alliance, Andy Brucecommented: “Like many of our customers, TCV has begun its journey towards eventually having an all-electric fleet which is very much in line with its own mission to help preserve the environment for future generations.
“We will provide the guidance and support needed to ensure the transition to electrification meets their ambitions and plays a key role in helping them achieve their conservation and net-zero carbon goals.”