With more and more companies becoming more conscious of the environment and striving to keep costs down, this week saw one of the biggest names in the leisure industry adopt more electric vehicles into its fleet.
Center Parcs, which runs holiday villages across the UK, has taken delivery of 22 new electric vans, adding to their existing fleet of 150 vehicles. The all new Renault Kangoo Maxi Van Z.E. models were handed over at Sherwood Forest and will be used at Center Parcs locations across the UK including Elveden Forest, Longleat Forest and Whinfell Forest.
Center Parcs say the electric vehicles will primarily be used by their technical services and maintenance divisions and also for their “Dining-In” takeaway delivery operation which transports food and drink to guests inside the villages.
Rigorous selection process
In keeping with their ethos of eco-friendliness and sustainability, Center Parcs were keen to ensure their fleet of vehicles were as eco-friendly as possible, with a minimal carbon footprint, and opted for Kangoo Van Z.E.s over its rivals after a rigorous selection process. Renault’s vans excelled in areas including reliability, fuel efficiency, payload and for its cheaper purchase price. It’s also likely their commercial vehicle insurance premiums will benefit
As the largest single delivery of Renault Kangoo electric vehicles in the UK to date, Andy Heiron, who heads up the electric vehicle programme at Renault UK, was delighted Center Parcs had chosen Renault for their fleet commenting: “It is wonderful to see the vans in use at such a fantastic location as Center Parcs. As well as being one of the best known names in the leisure and tourism industry, Center Parcs also leads the way in ensuring that their day-to-day operations are environmentally friendly, making the Kangoo Van Z.E. a great choice for their fleet needs.
Environmentally friendly ethos
Center Parcs operations and development director, Paul Kent, added: “It is important for us to ensure that Center Parcs’ commercial vehicle fleet is the most efficient and least polluting option possible. The new Kangoo Van Z.E.s take this ethos to the next level, bringing non-polluting electric vehicles to each Center Parcs village. We’re delighted to be continuing our commitment to ensure Center Parcs reduces its impact on the environment.”
Center Parcs, which is currently working on the development of a fifth holiday village, Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, due to open in the first quarter of 2014, first started using electric vehicles more than five years ago, signalled by the environmentally-friendly fleet policy recommended by the CLM to promote an emissions-free culture around its holiday villages.