COMPASS Leasing has put high profile IT solutions company Taylor Made on the electric highway with its first six BMW i3 pool cars.
Phil Page from Portsmouth-based Compass, which helped Fareham-based Taylor Made make the switch, said: “We are seeing a real rise in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles here in Hampshire.
“We’re only expecting that to rise as manufacturers start producing more and more electric vehicles, with greater range and battery capacity.
“It was our pleasure to help Taylor Made start its electric car journey and hope it’ll encourage other businesses to follow suit.”
Taylor Made Computer Solutions has welcomed the six new BMW i3s, that mark its move towards electrifying its entire fleet.
Founder and managing director Nigel Taylor said: “The entire team was so excited about the arrival of the new electric cars and couldn’t wait to see them pull up outside the office. We’re well-known for our branded cars and can’t wait to get these new, greener vehicles, out on the road.”
With the Government planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, an increasing number of businesses are starting to switch to electric cars.
Taylor Made prides itself on being an early adopter and has installed three charging points at its Cams Hall Estate headquarters to ensure the i3s are ready for action at any time. The vehicles will be used as ‘pool cars’ for the company’s 115 employees, who need to be ready to dash out and help clients at a moment’s notice.
Nigel said: “Our customers span across the entire south of England, from Poole in the west to Brighton and London in the east. “We’ll be able to use our chargers before we leave and top up with rapid charges on the road if necessary for longer journeys.”
Taylor Made has a fleet of nearly 50 vehicles and plans to transition the rest of its cars to electric in time.
Nigel Taylor concluded: “Our current vehicles have relatively low emissions but we’re keen to take our carbon footprint down even lower. Making a positive impact on the world around us is important to all of us here at Taylor Made.”
There are currently an estimated 126,000 electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. According to the latest figures from the SMMT, more than 41,000 new alternatively fuelled vehicles were registered last year, up around a quarter on the same period in 2016.
New figures released by Go Ultra Low show company car drivers could save £7,376 over three years by switching to a 100% electric car.