May 10, 2012 8.00 am This story is over 112 months old

Construction group goes green with a Leaf

Easy being green: Lindum has added a number of eco-friendly cars to its fleet, including a 100% electric car for staff.

Lindum Construction have decided to go green and get an electric car for employees on the move.

The Lindum electric car is a Nissan Leaf and will replace the current staff pool car.

The Leaf, which is 100% fuelled by electricity, is charged from the company’s 30 kilowatt photovoltaic panels, situated on the workshops at the business park off Station Road.

Fleet Manager for Lindum John Hayhurst said: “We needed a car for employees to use on short local journeys that was both economical and as ‘kind’ as possible to the environment.

“It’s not yet possible to extend the use of electric cars across our wider fleet, as the travelling distance on a single charge is only 90 miles and requires an 8 hour re-charge time which takes place over night.

“However, we have purchased other ‘eco-vehicles’ which combine performance with very good miles per gallon, low CO2 emissions and low Road Fund License such as our Caddy Maxi Bluemotion van used by our Building Maintenance Team.”

So far, staff have commented that “Once you’ve got over the eerie silence it drives just like a normal car” and “The equivalent to a gear stick is a bit of a surprise but when you’ve got that sorted it’s great to drive.”

Source: Lindum Group

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