Direct Healthcare Group is to convert its conventionally fuelled vans to a new electric fleet as part of an investment to ensure its rental and service operation is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The new Peugeot e-Expert vans are fully electric, zero emission vehicles providing a significant environmental benefit within a portfolio that traditionally requires high volume logistics and movement of key medical equipment.
The move directly benefits the global push towards net-zero emissions by 2050, and a reduction of emissions by half before 2030, set out by the United Nations (UN) and pledged to by 110 countries.
Direct Healthcare Group, which is a leading European manufacturer of pressure care, patient handling and specialist seating solutions, said the expansion of its delivery services had increased the need for it to review its current set-up.
CEO Graham Ewart said: “We have seen significant growth within our rental and service operations over the past five years, which, in turn, has lead to an increase in the number of vehicles within our fleet making deliveries of rented equipment every day.
“We recognise the serious implications this has and have taken the critical first step in creating a greener, more sustainable rental delivery for our customers. I would hope that this change sets a precedent within the industry, with similar providers following suit in order for us all to have the greatest impact.”
Mr Ewart said Direct Healthcare Group is working in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which classifies tackling climate change as a key priority.
The purchase of new zero emission vehicles will increase over the coming months.