Speedy Hire – the UK’s largest tool and equipment hire firm – is expanding its fleet of Midland-made high-energy battery-powered delivery vehicles.
Last year, Speedy was the first company in its sector to introduce the vehicles, deploying four of the electric vans to carry out deliveries in London.
The company is now expanding the fleet with a further six vehicles being delivered to sites in Birmingham, Manchester and Heathrow.
The Speedy vehicles are manufactured by Coventry-based Modec, which also supplies vans used to make home deliveries by Tesco.com.
Mark Turnbull, safety, health, environment and quality director for Speedy Hire, said: “Over the past five years we have introduced initiatives that have enabled us to reduce our average CO² emissions by 12 per cent.
“Environmental performance is becoming a key purchasing decision for customers – not least because it now plays an important role in prequalification questionnaires.
“We are continually looking for new and innovative ways to help our customers reduce their impact while enhancing their bid credentials.”
Roger Atkins, Modec sales director, said: “Speedy Hire has been a supportive partner during the development of the Modec vehicle and it’s great to see the company demonstrate its commitment to environmental issues.”