Medequip has announced that it is trialling the use of electric car vehicles in Kent, a move could signal a “total change” in the way it completes the delivery of community equipment across the UK.
Medequip’s first PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) pulled out of the gates of its Rochester depot last week as it started work on its Medway CES contract.
This Ford Transit Custom is the first electric delivery van on the Medequip fleet, and all eyes are on how it performs over the coming months.
Medequip said a number of contracts already require the business to take on technologies to reduce so CO2 emissions, so this trial has a “vital role to play”.
Peter Gaunt, fleet manager for Medequip said: “With so many UK cities and towns considering or already implementing Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges, it’s important that we plan for the future to ensure Medequip contributes to cleaner air targets, particularly for city use.
“We have been looking at both all electric and hybrid options, but from an operational point of view we need battery ranges to improve before all electric is truly viable for us. In the meantime, PHEVs offer a practical option for us to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiencies.”
The Medequip team will be monitoring performance closely to see how their PHEV fares over the next few months.