New Electric vehicles. Why?
Bob Dylan had it right in that old song of his – times certainly are a-changing. For a recent example of this, just look at our North Hertfordshire contract, where we’ve just taken delivery of two new electric commercial vehicles.
These newly acquired vehicles, to be used by our teams that look after parks, sports pitches and open spaces, are part of a joint initiative to help reinforce the council’s commitment to reducing the district’s carbon footprint as well as helping to tackle climate change and manage operational costs.
Now it would be fair to say that these vehicles are little different from the norm. Yes, they still have the essentials like 4 wheels and a capacity to carry a payload and transport staff. But they do come with some challenges for staff, and we do have to think about how we use them.
For a start, the new vehicles require charging each night. And payload capacity is quite a bit lower than that of conventional vehicles. As well as this, the driver has to monitor power consumption a little more carefully than he or she would normally.
These vehicles are far from perfect yet, and you could argue that in quite a few ways it would be easier for us to continue with traditional vehicles. But the thing is, if we waited for these vehicle to be a perfect match for our needs, we might all be waiting a long time yet!
If, on the other hand, we are happy to make a decision to invest in this technology now, and provide the manufacturers with meaningful feedback, the vehicles are eventually going to become much better.
It’s the same with the adoption of any cutting edge technology isn’t it? Remember when the first mobile phones appeared? As heavy as the average house brick, and with a huge battery pack to carry on your shoulder, they didn’t take that long to transform into what we all use today.
Already, as a company, John O’Conner has invested in electrical equipment to replace some of the two stroke petrol equipment. And each year, year, battery life and general performance gets better and better. So, with all of that in mind, who knows what exciting developments 2013 might have in store for us?
Till next time,