Nick Lott (right) with Alan Denham, a Mr. Electric electrician.
The electrical service brand, Mr. Electric, has assisted the UK parcel delivery company DPD with the roll-out of its fleet of electric vehicle (EV) delivery vans in Cornwall by installing home vehicle charging points for two DPD delivery drivers.
From Newquay down to St Austell, the two drivers, Nick Lott and Simon Penter have both switched from a diesel van to a 100 per cent electric van that has resulted in reduced running costs, whilst also enabling them to become a more sustainable and efficient business.
The pair, equipped with their new Nissan e-NV200 vans, needed an affordable and user-friendly EV charging point to enable them to fulfil daily deliveries from a single fast charge, which would charge their vans whilst they slept.
As a government-approved installer of electric chargepoints, Mr. Electric was appointed by the DPD drivers to carry out the work and is now assisting both drivers to apply for a grant under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where they can each receive up to £500 off the cost of purchasing and installing their home charging point.
Lott commented: “I was so impressed with Mr. Electric from the outset and have already referred the business to both colleagues and friends, which is testament to the work they carried out for me.
“The team provided a quality service, from the initial site survey to understanding my requirements and they continue to show their high levels of knowledge and expertise in the EV market.
“I have become more environmentally and economically minded with my new EV van and have taken advantage of a new off-peak electricity tariff to help reduce the costs even further. Being able to charge my van easily and quickly at home is also essential for my business.”
Green transport technology
Steve Barlow, director of Mr. Electric Cornwall, said: “Nick strongly believes we have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment to be zero- emissions by 2050 and fully supports the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology.
Barlow added: “We have seen an increase in demand for EV charging points in Cornwall over the past six months, with our sales having doubled and enquiries quadrupled.
“It is great to see that many more consumers and businesses are embracing these emerging technologies and are looking for new ways to reduce rising fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”
As OLEV approved, Mr. Electric franchisees ensure that electric vehicle chargepoints are installed safe and secure for its commercial and domestic customers. The company adds that it is also a trusted partner for EO Charging and Rolec, who both offer a comprehensive product range that is compatible with leading motor manufacturers’ EVs.