York-based supply specialists saves more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2 per year thanks to electric vehicle investment

Family-owned supply specialists, PPS, has demonstrated its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by purchasing three electric vans, saving more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2 per year*.

The six-figure investment has seen the business enhance its fleet of delivery vehicles with the addition of the new Maxus eDeliver9, along with the installation of four rapid charging points at its warehouse in York.

Two of the new vans will enable PPS to commit to zero emission deliveries in the York area – PPS delivers to more than 600 businesses and schools in York, which equates to more than 10,500 deliveries per year. The third van will replace PPS’ current diesel van serving its several hundred Leeds city centre customers, representing another 5,000 plus deliveries a year that will now be zero emission.

Electric vans have a lower payload than their diesel counterparts. PPS conducted a full review of its delivery and route planning strategy, to modify it to make zero emission deliveries not only possible but more efficient.

Dedicated to promoting cleaner ways of operating, the investment in these new electric vans is just one of the steps the business has taken towards a more sustainable future. PPS has recently launched a natural, plant-based cleaning chemical collection, and has had a comprehensive range of compostable food packaging for several years.

Speaking about the investment, PPS Managing Director, Joseph Fitzpatrick, said: “Working towards a more sustainable way of operating is something I and the rest of the team at PPS are very passionate about.

“We’re one of the first SMEs in Yorkshire to have started investing in electric vehicles as part of its fleet. In the past six months alone we’ve invested, or committed to invest, over £250,000 in zero emission vehicles, which is something we’re incredibly proud of.

“We’ve already transferred our external sales team across to electric vehicles – there are now three on the road, with another two on order – so the next natural step for us was to introduce this technology to our delivery fleet. Utilising electric vehicle technology as part of our delivery service means that we’re completely removing over 60,000 miles worth of CO2 emissions from the roads every year.

“As well as the addition of the new vans, we’re also encouraging our team members to move to electric vehicles by offering subsidised charging options across all of our sites, as we look towards a cleaner future.”