Tool manufacturer Hilti has begun its latest rollout of EVs, replacing more than 200 diesel estate cars across the UK with Kia e-Niro ‘4+’ vehicles.
The car, which has a 282-mile range from one charge, and includes Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile warranty as standard, was selected following extensive internal research.
Hilti employees in the UK drive an average of 111 miles per day, with some up to 250 miles.
As part of the rollout all employees will be supplied with a charging station at their home, free of charge.
Hilti replaced 35% of its current fleet with eco models by the end of 2021, is targeting 50% by the end of 2022, and the entirety of the fleet by 2024.
The company also has a fleet of about 300 vans which it plans to replace with electric vans.
Hilti plans to become carbon neutral by 2023 and the change to EVs across the business is expected to reduce its total global emissions by 48%.
Annette Boren, Hilti’s Head of Finance and Head of Sustainability, said, “All of our sustainability efforts are ultimately to benefit the wider environment rather than us as a business.
“Our target of carbon neutrality is to ensure we are in line with global efforts to tackle climate change, but we have long focused on sustainability efforts in all areas of our business, with initiatives like our tool recycling scheme.
“Choosing Kia was a strategic choice as we are confident their EV pipeline is strong enough to support us through further rollouts in the future.”
John Hargreaves, General Manager for Fleet and Remarketing at Kia UK, added. “This is yet another great example of how seamlessly Kia’s electric cars can fit into a busy fleet with exacting requirements.”