I was delighted to be invited by James McNaughton Group to help them officially launch their new ‘GM2’ Modec electric van outside our offices a couple of weeks ago. This vehicle, charged by renewably generated electricity, replaces a traditional diesel van. It has the potential to save over 4,250 litres of fuel and around 11 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The new electric truck is just the icing on the cake though. After receiving a free Green Fleet Review from us (find out more about what we offer by clicking here!) the James McNaughton Group implemented a number of measures to help improve the environmental impact of their fleet. For example, ensuring drivers on the employee car ownership scheme opt for a diesel, petrol-electric hybrid car capable of doing a minimum of 37 mpg – rising to a minimum of 42 mpg by end of this year. They have also introduced smarter driving training and a journey planner guide and capture data to enable comprehensive and ongoing analysis of fuel usage and miles driven.

Of course the best way of saving fuel and reducing carbon dioxide emissions is by not travelling in the first place. Therefore, to reduce fleet mileage, James McNaughton installed video conference facilities in their offices. No doubt, I’ve forgotten to include some of the many other measures they’ve implemented, but there iis no question that James McNaughton should provide a benchmark for other organisations aiming to reduce their own environmental impact. If nothing else can convince you – then take at look at the savings James McNaughton have achieved since the Green Fleet Review.

– More than 69 cars have been changed and the fleet profile is now 60 per cent diesel

– Total business mileage has been cut by 107,000 miles, despite 17 cars being added to the fleet in 2006.

– In 2007 annual fuel costs were reduced by more than £86,000, and an estimated 245 tonnes of CO2 emissions cut. Drivers are also benefiting because they are saving money on the fuel tax they pay on their private mileage.

– In addition, the company’s logistics operation has spent the last few years implementing better route planning and reduced its fleet by 43 vehicles, cutting road mileage by over one million miles per year and carbon emissions by 975 tonnes.