VINCI Construction UK accelerated its drive towards its target of 40% reduction in carbon emissions with the delivery of its first tranche of Polestar 2s for its team last week.
Six cars were delivered to the VINCI plc headquarters in Watford and another seven are on order. This batch of Polestars is for the senior team who are leading by example. The electric vehicles are just a small part of the VINCI’s wider environmental strategy that is advocating a switch to EVs where it is suitable.
VINCI is inviting all employees to make the transition to zero carbon transport, wherever possible, and provides an EV option at every grade of company car allowance across the business. Anyone can make the switch provided they can park their new car off road at their home address for ease of charging and undertake less than 40,000 km (or 25,000 miles) on the road each year. Vehicles are available to VINCI drivers with a range from the Polestar through to a Vauxhall Corsa.
Last week saw colleagues from VINCI’s building, facilities management and civil engineering teams take deliveries. There is huge interest from all parts of the business and VINCI believe there might be as many as 100 EVs delivered to the business by the first quarter of 2021. The Polestar 2 (pictured) chosen by senior teams has a WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light-vehicle Test Procedure) range of 292 miles with a 78-kwh dual motor and is four-wheel drive.
“The Polestar saves money as well as carbon as we benefit from the Government grant available and we are immediately removing traditional fossil fuelled vehicles from the fleet,” said VINCI Construction UK’s plant and fleet director, Andrew Thomsett. “We want to make the switch to EVs as easy as possible for our people and Rob Fellows and Wendy Howarth in the fleet team have been helping them on this journey by providing step by step guides to help them make the right choice for their working life and driving behaviours.”
Julian Gatward, managing director of Taylor Woodrow, the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction UK, said, “We have made a commitment not just to cut our emissions as a business, but to do so by going electric and not hybrid. It’s hard to predict the short-term impact on our CO2 emissions but if we pursue the strategy across cars and vans, we will make a significant cutover time.”
VINCI Construction UK is working with Actemium, part of VINCI Energies, to install fast chargers to its offices and Pod Point have been installing home charging points for our employees at home. The next step is to target the commercial vehicle fleet, something that VINCI Facilities and the VINCI Fleet department is already researching and investing in.
“A significant proportion of our vans and cars are due for replacement in the next two years. We have the EV plan for cars in place and now in VINCI Facilities we are looking at options to switch our diesel or petrol vans to EVs in the next three years,” added Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities. “The switch to an EV car and van fleet requires investment in supporting infrastructure and training as well as setting up home charging for our people to use so it is as easy as possible. Making the switch away from diesel and petrol transport is the right thing to do, but it has to be done in a way that works and that means helping everyone see the benefits environmentally, socially and operationally.”
Chris Hamer, managing director VINCI Construction UK said, “The switch to electric vehicles is one of the most visible parts of what is a wider environmental policy reflecting the group’s global ambitions. As a business and a team we are always looking at ways to meet the expectations of our customers and honour our obligations to deliver projects as sustainably as possible.”
Date: 27 October 2020