External maintenance and commercial landscaping company, Ground Control, has been selected join the global EV100 Group in recognition of accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) as part of the company’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint.
In being granted membership to the EV100 Group, Ground Control has joined other companies such as Openreach, Centrica, Costain, EDF Energy, E.ON, GSK and DHL who are helping the UK to reach its net-zero goal by both transitioning to 100 per cent electric vehicles and putting in place the infrastructure to achieve this change.
The EV100 Group is working to make electric transport the new normal by 2030 and brings together forward-thinking companies dedicated to accelerating the transition to EVs.
Ground Control provides specialist grounds maintenance and commercial landscape construction services across the UK. Through its landscape division, it also offers EV charging solutions, including a lease hire option for the supply and installation of charging units.
As an EV100 member, Ground Control will transition its fleet of over 350 vehicles to EV by 2030, as well as install charging for staff and customers at their corporate locations.
Sandra Roling, Head of EV100 commenetd: “Joining EV100 is another great step adding to Ground Control’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and using resources efficiently. It’s great to see that some of their vehicles are already electric today showing that they are not just talking the talk but walking the walk. We’re excited to have them on board.”
Following an initial investment in 32 Tesla Model 3’s in autumn 2019, Ground Control has since transitioned 100 of its company cars to electric. This investment is part of Ground Control’s company-wide environmental strategy and one that will eventually see all of Ground Control’s vehicles transition to electric.
The commercial priorities for Ground Control when it started to look at transitioning its company vehicle fleet were to ensure employees and the business are no worse off – either financially or in terms of productivity, and in terms of the quality and performance of the vehicle itself. Ground Control’s Tesla fleet has proven to be a major commercial and environmental success story, achieving all of its aims.
Ground Control MD, Jason Knights said: “We are extremely proud to join the EV100 Group. As a company we began our EV journey a number of years ago and it’s exciting to see so many other businesses now doing the same.
“In going down this road, we’ve developed skills knowledge and services offerings that are providing sustainable solutions to our clients and helping them understand what they really needs to be done in the long term.”