Sky has acquired eleven Renault Kangoo Z.E. vans, its first all-electric commercial vehicles.
The vans will mainly work out of the media firm’s UK headquarters in Isleworth, West London, for cleaning, decorating and mail distribution work by facilities teams.
They will also be put into service at its Chilworth technology centre in the University of Southampton Science Park, as well as at its sites in Livingston, Dunfermline and Uddingston north of the border.
The vehicles can be charged to 100% in six hours via a 7kW wallbox and will use renewable energy sources at on-site charging points.
Sky chose the Kangoo Z.E based on its potential range of up to 143 miles, size and positive driver feedback from earlier trials.
It is also installing more charging points across its sites, with its Osterley facility now having 95 chargers.
Sky recently signed up to the EV100 initiative, a commitment to make its fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles, including 4,000 diesel vans, zero emission by 2030.
Oliver Wanklyn, senior fleet operations manager, Supply Chain Operations at Sky, said, “These Renault Kangoo Z.E. vans take us another step closer towards our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030.
“We’re very excited to introduce them and see them out on the road. With the unique livery that details their 100% electric power they’ll be highly visible to the public, helping us to drive awareness of Sky Zero.”
Vincent Tourette, managing director, Groupe Renault UK, added, “Renault has over a decade’s experience of 100% electric commercial vehicles and we are delighted that our pioneering approach has influenced a company as forward-thinking as Sky to not only choose our vehicles, but utilise them for such an important role in determining the future direction of its fleet.”