In an effort to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, Wakefield construction firm Route One is upgrading its traditional fleet with Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).
The electric vehicles are part of the first phase of the planned replacements which also includes the upgrade of six transit vans to the latest most economical models.
Now in its 10th year, the structures and highways maintenance company based in Featherstone, has been operating in the construction sector nationally for more than a decade and has purchased the vehicles in order to commit to reducing their carbon footprint. The firm also plans to replace its remaining company cars and vans by the end of August.
Route One, which is committed to sustainability, has appointed one of its senior management team, operations manager Rob Thomas as its lean champion, and has recently undertaken a Lean Maturity Assessment (HELMA), which congratulated the company on the measures it has introduced so far.
The staff who are driving the green transport vehicles have also been integral in selecting the new company cars.
Thomas continued: “The staff have been fully involved with the choice of colours and specification of the vehicles. Having driven them for three months they are proving to be a popular choice.”