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Wates Property Services Launches First Electric Fleet

Wates Property Services Launches First Electric Fleet
05 October 2021 | Updated 06 October 2021
 

Wates Property Services has delivered its first fleet of electric vehicles.

The move is the next step in the company's commitment to eliminating waste and carbon from its operations by 2025. The ten new fully-electric vans will be used to support Wates’ repairs and maintenance service contracts across the country. 

Wates is also investing in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure and will be installing electric vehicle charging points at operatives’ homes, and introducing charging facilities at the business’ offices and depots. Operatives will also receive driver induction training around using electric vehicles and charge points.

According to car sales website carwow, searches for EVs on its site increased by 56 per cent on Sunday 26 September in light of fuel supply issues throughout the UK. The organisation has also seen a 94 per cent surge in visits to their EV advice hub, as people look to learn more about living with EVs. 

 

Net-Zero by 2025

 

Wates has pledged three targets to ensure it creates zero harm to the environment by 2025, including net-zero carbon emissions from its operations and operational vehicles, zero waste from onsite operations and finally to create a positive impact on nature from all operations. 

Following the first rollout of electric vans, Wates will continue to work towards having a fully electric fleet, and have committed that all  Wates commercial vehicles will switch to fully electric in line with the bold targets made. 

David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Property Services, commented: “Introducing our first fleet of electric vehicles is an important step for us and underpins our commitment to becoming completely net-zero by 2025. If we can reduce emissions from our commercial vehicles, we can make a positive contribution to reducing our carbon footprint. 

“Our vehicle fleet is intrinsic to our property services offering, and switching to fully electric vehicles will also help us to improve service delivery for our clients. We will continue to introduce more electric vehicles in the coming months, as part of our responsibility to reduce and reverse the impact we are having on our planet.” 

 

 

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Retrofitting for Energy Performance

 

As part of Wates Property Services’ contributions to the UK’s net-zero journey, the business is also expanding its presence in the housing retrofit sector, working with its clients to undertake major retrofit programmes and help them achieve Energy Performance Certificate C ratings across their estates.

Wates launched its partnership with Energy Specifics in November 2020, to provide a fully compliant, carbon-reduction retrofitting service with the objective of providing landlords with the tools to deliver a "whole house" energy-saving retrofit solution.

Picture: a photograph of Wates' fleet of electric vans

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 05 October 2021

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