URBAN delivery specialist Gnewt Cargo has teamed up with leasing and mobility experts Alphabet to double its electric vehicle van fleet size and increase operational capacity by ten times.
With 55 all-electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. vans supplied and funded by Alphabet, deliveries in London have now increased from 500 to 5,000 a day on behalf of customer myHermes.
The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a proven winner – the van won the Business Vans Best Green Van Award for 2014.
The extra use of electric-powered ‘last mile’ deliveries will save myHermes an estimated 122 tonnes of carbon each year in direct emissions, not including the additional carbon emissions produced from extracting, refining and transporting the fuel, which could add another 20% to the overall figure.
Faced with a tight deadline, Alphabet worked closely with Renault to fast-track vehicles into production under its AlphaElectric sheme so that they were delivered in less than one month.
Sam Clarke, director at Gnewt Cargo said: “We use a range of electric vehicles for different purposes but decided Renault Kangoo Z.E. vans were a perfect fit for our needs. The manufacturer recommended Alphabet to us and it all happened quickly because they know the market very well and understood exactly what we needed.”
Jon Burdekin head of consultancy services at Alphabet added: “Renault recommended us to Gnewt Cargo because they knew Alphabet takes electric vehicles very seriously and has the expertise and know-how to make this happen.
“Our consultative services often prove invaluable to fast-growing companies such as Gnewt Cargo. We understand the full picture of electric vehicles in terms of both funding options as well as the practical requirements of implementing, running and maintaining a full electric fleet.”