Chestertons wanted to help improve London’s air quality, and therefore we have made the decisive move to become the first major estate agency group to replace our entire fleet of company cars with electric vehicles that produce no emissions.
We currently have around 60 vehicles on London’s roads, all of which are due to be replaced by all-electric BMW i3’s over the coming months. The first 30 cars will be hitting the streets in July, which combined will contribute a tailpipe emission reduction of over 20 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
Guy Gittins, Chestertons MD, comments: "We are constantly embracing new technology to improve our efficiency and are very proud to now be using it to do our bit to reduce pollution and improve air quality in London."
He continues "We have been wanting to make the move to electric vehicles for a while but this year, after a period of testing, we decided that improved electric car technology and the increased availability of charge points across the city vehicles have now made it entirely practical to replace our entire fleet. Our staff have been involved with the trials and are all extremely supportive and excited about our road to becoming the first zero-emissions estate agency."
Alex Williams, Transport for London's Director of City Planning, said: "Toxic air pollution leads to thousands of premature deaths in the capital every year. London's lethal air is a public health crisis and it is fantastic to see a company like Chestertons helping us to reduce road transport emissions across the capital. Zero-emission cars, along with public transport, have an important role to play in tackling this toxic air, which is why we’ve worked with London’s boroughs to install more than 1,000 new charging points across the capital."
Showing how deep this commitment goes at Chestertons, the owner and chairman of the company has already taken delivery of his own BMW i3.
In an additional move to reduce the business’ carbon footprint, Chestertons is also in the process of changing the energy supply so that all of its 33 London branches use only renewable energy.