Tennant Rubber is a family-run business with over 50 years of experience in the rubber industry, supplying industrial rubber products into a range of markets in the UK. The company has a warehouse facility in Nottingham which carries a range of stock with the option of same day delivery.
Policies are in place to make the company a nicer place to work for employees, which includes reducing its carbon footprint. One way to do this is by switching to ultra-low emission vehicles.
The company has a diesel van that typically covers 60-70 miles each day, so Tennant Rubber took up the opportunity for a free trial of a Nissan e-NV200 electric van from the ULEV Experience. The vehicle was well received by the driver, who described it as “very easy to drive, nippy and comfortable”. Following the loan, the company is currently considering vehicle options that would have a sufficient payload.
Tennant Rubber also operates company cars, so a Volkswagen e-Golf and a Hyundai Kona Electric were provided for trials for a month each. There was positive feedback about both vehicles, even with no charging infrastructure in place at work or at home during the trial, with the e-Golf being described as very refined, and the Kona Electric, with its 280 mile driving range, being seen as very practical for a car that would be used for both business and family duties.
In addition to the vehicle trials, Tennant Rubber has received approval from Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service for a grant to install charging infrastructure at its premises.
Joe Taylor from Tennant Rubber says “Everyone thought that the Nissan e-NV200 electric van and both the Volkswagen e-Golf and Hyundai Kona Electric cars were excellent to drive, and following the trial both myself and our Sales Manager will be replacing our vehicles with electric options.”