Leading provider of community-facing property and facilities management (FM) services, Pinnacle Group, transitions its fleet of almost 500 LCV’s to an all-electric with consultancy, supply capability and strategic insight from Fleet Alliance.
- Electric fleet consultancy
- Strategic insight
- Supply capability
- Competitive tendering strategy
- Cloud-based fleet management and reporting (e-Fleet)
- On-the-go driver support (e-Fleet Mobile)
Pinnacle Group operates nationally from over 100 locations across the country providing a range of integrated services across a range of community-facing assets, including multi-tenure housing, schools, open spaces, public buildings and utilities, to both the public and private sectors.
The Group set up a ‘Project Electrify’ team to start the transition to an all-electric fleet, but required strategic insight and guidance on transitioning its 500-plus diesel-power LCVs to all-electric.
Pinnacle’s Group Procurement Manager, Sarah Russell, said: “Some months ago we put together an internal, cross-functional team to work on ‘Project Electrify’ with a vision to transition to an all-electric fleet.
“This initial tranche of new Nissan eNV200s is the fruition of the first part of that plan, which also includes setting up charging infrastructure at a number of our locations, with the greatest number at our Tulse Hill depot where five dual charge points are due to be installed in the new year.
“Fleet Alliance has played a key role for us in helping identify the most suitable models available and ensuring they are fit for purpose, given the current constraints that are operating in the vehicle supply market,” she said.
The Nissan eNV200s are on contract hire, funded through Fleet Alliance’s competitive tendering strategy that employs a panel of preferred contract hire funders to help drive down acquisition costs.
They are operated on four year/68,000-mile operating cycles and provided with full maintenance packages at highly competitive rates. Drivers are provided with electric charge cards, while those who park their vehicles at home overnight can also opt for home chargers.
“Fleet Alliance has recommended four-year operating cycles, rather than the three years we currently operate our diesel vehicles on, because of the lower maintenance and operating costs of the EVs, which we are happy to follow as this will allow us to fully capture the carbon saving,” added Sarah Russell.
Having committed to significant development of their own, internally-built asset management systems and dashboards, Pinnacle Group is able to proactively manage its fleet alongside Fleet Alliance in key areas such as daily mileage, vehicle condition, milage management and vehicle servicing, allowing for a holistic approach to fleet management that aligns to the business’ objectives.
Under the project plan, the first tranche of all-electric Nissan eNV200 light commercials have joined the fleet ahead of a batch of Citroen e-Berlingos as the Group looks to transition to a carbon-neutral fleet under its Carbon Net Zero road map.
Going forward, every vehicle due for renewal and every new vehicle to be added to the fleet will be considered for an EV replacement, using internally defined and agreed metrics in line with insight and recommendations from Fleet Alliance.
Fleet Alliance has played a key role for us in helping identify the most suitable models available and ensuring they are fit for purpose, given the current constraints that are operating in the vehicle supply market.Sarah Russell, Procurement Manager