Pump House is a leading supplier of ancillary products to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration markets. The company has 40 members of staff, a range of over 2,200 products, 60,000 square feet of warehousing in Nottingham, and it sells into over 40 countries globally.
The ULEV Experience project has carried out a fleet review for Pump House to assess how it could adopt ultra-low emission vehicles, and it has also provided an electric vehicle (EV) loan. This has been part of a wider package of support provided by Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service, which has included a grant for the installation of three EV charge points at the company’s site – including signage and lines for the parking bays – as well as other elements such as funding for three electric bikes.
The company’s sales team previously had two plug-in hybrid vehicles, but they have now trialled a pure EV for a month in the form of the Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a driving range of 279 miles. Tom Fitzsimons (pictured) from the sales team says “The Hyundai Kona Electric is great to drive, it’s a useful size, and with a range of nearly 300 miles it’s also practical. Myself and colleagues have used the Kona to visit customers and it has performed perfectly. The default fleet choice used to be diesel vehicles, but now it makes so much more sense to have zero tailpipe emissions when driving.”
The fleet review showed that if Pump House was to replace its six current company cars (it already has two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)) with ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), ie. with emissions less than 75g/km CO2, it could save up to £33,000 of whole life costs over a four-year period, and around 12 tonnes of CO2e per year based on current mileage profiles.
The push for sustainable travel has been from Pump House Managing Director Dave Bass. Dave comments: “We work in an industry that has an increasing focus on environmental issues therefore we need to do our bit to lower emissions. The electric vehicle trial has been something that our staff have embraced positively, and having EV charge points on site has made it easy to implement. As well as other measures to help our staff travel to and from work in a greener way, we’re now considering how we can adopt an electric van to transport goods from our warehouse.”
The fleet review and electric vehicle loan for Pump House were both fully funded by the ULEV Experience project.
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