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Pinnacle Group begins full electric transition

COMMUNITY-facing property and facilities management (FM) services provider, Pinnacle Group has begun its transition to an all-electric fleet with consultancy and strategic insight from its fleet management provider, Fleet Alliance.

Pinnacle Group operates nationally from over 100 locations across the country providing a range of integrated services across a range of community-facing assets, including multi-tenure housing, schools, open spaces, public buildings and utilities, to both the public and private sectors

Several months ago, the Group set up a ‘Project Electrify’ team to start the transition to an all-electric fleet, working with Fleet Alliance, its fleet management and funding provider of the last five years.

Under the project plan, the first tranche of all-electric vehicles, 33 Nissan eNV200 light commercials, are in the process of joining the fleet as the Group looks to change almost 500 LCVs to all-electric from the current diesel-power.

A smaller tranche of Citroen e-Berlingos are set to follow, with further orders shortly to be placed for 2022’s electric replacement LCVs, as the Group looks to transition to a carbon neutral fleet under its Carbon Net Zero road map. 

Going forward, every vehicle due for renewal and every new vehicle to be added to the fleet will be considered for an EV replacement, using internally defined and agreed metrics in line with recommendations from Fleet Alliance, although some specialist equipment may not currently be suitable or capable of making the transition.

Pinnacle’s Group Procurement Manager, Sarah Russell, said: “Some months ago we put together an internal, cross-functional team to work on ‘Project Electrify’ with a vision to transition to an all-electric fleet.

“This initial tranche of new Nissan eNV200s is the fruition of the first part of that plan, which also includes setting up charging infrastructure at a number of our locations, with the greatest number at our Tulse Hill depot where five dual charge points are due to be installed in the new year.

“Fleet Alliance has played a key role for us in helping identify the most suitable models available and ensuring they are fit for purpose, given the current constraints that are operating in the vehicle supply market,” she said.

The Nissan eNV200s are on contract hire, funded through Fleet Alliance’s tendering strategy that employs a panel of preferred contract hire funders to help drive down acquisition costs.

They will be operated on four year/68,000-mile operating cycles and will be provided with full maintenance packages at highly competitive rates. Drivers will be provided with electric charge cards, while those who park their vehicles at home overnight can also opt for home chargers.

Russell added: “Fleet Alliance recommended four-year operating cycles, rather than the three years we currently operate our diesel vehicles on, because of the lower maintenance and operating costs of the EVs, which we are happy to follow as this will allow us to fully capture the carbon saving.”

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