Driving sustainability forward – Sunbelt Rentals invests in electric vehicles

25 February 2022

Our occupier Sunbelt Rentals is adding 22 new ultra-low emissions electric vans to its UK delivery fleet.

The rental giant has invested £1.1m in eco-friendly vehicles with an order of 22 VN5 vans from LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) – the makers of London’s iconic black cabs.

Logistics and Supply Chain Director David Phillips says: “Investing in electric vehicles is a natural fit for Sunbelt Rentals; we’re always keen to stay ahead of the curve and future proof the business with increasingly sustainable practices.

“We’ve chosen to work with LEVC as our values are very similar, they’re passionate about their business and are willing to support our ambitious plan to electrifying our fleet of vehicles.

“Through our ‘Our Planet’ action plan and in-line with our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy it is our commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 35% by 2030 and, at the moment, more than 80% of our total emissions come from the vehicles that we operate.

“The VN5 vehicles are made from sustainably sourced aluminium from Wales, and in terms of suitability they fit the needs of our multiple business units, making them the ideal asset for the business.

“We have undertaken some good work to reduce our emissions in recent years which included switching to more economical and less polluting diesel-powered engines, but we recognise that we need to do more.

“We already have a small number of electric vehicles in the fleet, and this new order of 22 vans will bolster the number of electric vans we were already running.

“There’s no doubt we’re making great leaps in our sustainability commitments, and I look forward to seeing our ESG strategy continue to evolve in the coming months and years ahead.”

The British built VN5 vans supplied by LEVC, features all the modern functionality, from air con to built-in Sat Nav, front and rear parking sensors, cameras, tie down points and Geo Fencing capabilities.

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