Its fleet of branded cars among the most recognisable on the M27 and they’re about to get a whole lot greener. Taylor Made Computer Solutions, based in Fareham, has announced plans to switch to electric cars.
The IT firm, which is well-known for its fleet of nearly 50 branded Skoda Octavias, says it’s clear the future for cars is electric and it’s keen to embrace the technology earlier rather than later.
Founder and managing director Nigel Taylor said: “With the Government planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, it’s never been clearer that the future is electric. Businesses have a significant role to play in the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles and we’re keen to start that journey right now.”
Taylor Made’s transition to an all-electric fleet will start next month, when it takes delivery of six BMW i3s. The vehicles will be used as ‘pool cars’ for the company’s 115 employees, who need to be ready to dash out and help clients at a moment’s notice.
With Taylor Made’s clients spreading across southern England, from Poole in the west to Brighton in the east, and London the BMWs will have the chance to show off their ability to recharge quickly when needed.
The cars can travel around 124 miles before needing to recharge and drivers will be able to do this at rapid DC charging stations, where the i3 can go from 0 to 80 per cent charge in just 39 minutes. Taylor Made will also install a charger at its headquarters in Fareham to ensure staff are topped up for their journeys.
The rest of Taylor Made’s vehicle fleet will transition to electric gradually over the coming years, most likely with a range of different makes and models. It’s a step-change for the company, which last year bore the title of having the largest private business fleets of Skodas in UK.
Taylor added: “Our current vehicles have relatively low emissions but we’re keen to take our carbon footprint down even lower. Making a positive impact on the world around us is important to all of us here at Taylor Made and we’re excited to take delivery of our six BMW i3s in December.”