Speedy drives forward decarbonisation plans with £8.25m electric van investment

SPEEDY has confirmed an £8.25 million investment in 150 new electric vans in a move the hire giant said will cut up to 1,280 tonnes of CO2e per year from its commercial fleet emissions.

The firm is targeting more than half of its 1,100-strong commercial fleet to be either electric or hybrid by 2025, and a fully low-carbon fleet by 2030.

This latest initiative is part of Speedy’s plan to becoming a net zero business, and also aims to help contractors reduce their supply chain emissions through zero carbon equipment delivery.

Speedy has ordered 100 4.25-tonne single chassis cab Ford E-Transit models and 50 3.5-tonne E-Transit vans, which will be distributed across its UK-wide network to replace internal combustion engine (ICE) within the fleet.

Chris Dempsey, MD – operational support at Speedy, said, “Transforming our fleet with low and zero carbon models is crucial to leading the hire industry’s journey towards decarbonisation and aligns with our strategy of de-carbonising our property network and expanding our low-emission ECO tools and equipment range.

“Our strategy supports our customer’s sustainability objectives as they strive to deliver projects with minimal environmental impact, of which site deliveries play a vital role. This significant investment in new electric vehicles demonstrates our commitment in helping our customers achieve these aims.”

Adam Harkin, Ford of Britain & Ireland head of national fleet accounts, added, “Ford has been Speedy’s preferred vehicle supplier over many years, and we are delighted to continue that partnership as the company accelerates its move to a zero carbon future and transitions to electric alternatives for its fleet.  As Speedy invests in electric vehicles, Ford looks forward to working together to find further opportunities to maximise the productivity and sustainability of its delivery fleet through our integrated Ford Pro solutions.”