The vans are being used on FM Conway’s highway term maintenance contracts with councils and are part of the operator’s preparations for the introduction of London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in April 2019.
FM Conway’s asset manager John Tobin says: “When we started to talk to Enterprise about electric vans, it became clear that on both sides we wanted to demonstrate how they could be effective as part of a sustainable working fleet.
“This trial is helping us to see how we can integrate more electric vehicles across our business and we have recently installed electric charging points at our vehicle depots to pave the way for further investment.
“So far, the two vehicles have been a huge success,” Tobin adds. “Our drivers are recharging them about once every three days. They look and are used exactly like every other van in our fleet – except, of course, with zero emissions.”
The trial comes on the back of a £7m investment by FM Conway earlier this year in its owned fleet, to bring it up to the latest emissions standards ahead of April 2019.