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Wates Property Services increases EV fleet

Wates Property Services, part of the Wates Group, has added 30 all-electric ID. Buzz Cargo vans and 30 Transporter vans to its fleet of maintenance vehicles.

Wates selected the ID. Buzz Cargo to help reduce its fleet emissions footprint, with an electric range of 254 miles that makes sustainable mobility simple, while allowing access to properties in the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone.

The all-electric van offers a payload volume of 3.9m and a maximum loading width of 1.7m, height of 1.3m and length of 2.2m, providing business-ready practicality for Wates and their customers.

Wates also required a fleet of larger vehicles that combine class-leading payload, space and flexibility for larger jobs. The award-winning Transporter offers a 1,185kg payload, setting the benchmark for effective and reliable vans that get the job done.

Craig Cavanagh, National Fleet Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Wates Property Services selected our ID. Buzz Cargo and Transporter panel van due to their outstanding abilities as a work tool, paired with great comfort and flexibility for the drivers as they support their network of properties. We’re confident that the vehicles will exceed the expectations of the finance team, with low-running costs making it the perfect partner for the whole business. 

Having already invested in 10 electric vans in 2021 and 45 electric cars in September 2023, Wates is well on its way to electrify its full fleet of commercial vehicles, with a target to electrify 100 per cent of its supervisor vehicles by the end of 2025, which is part of the Groups Environmental Sustainability plan.

David Morgan, Executive Managing Director of Wates Property Services, said: “Since 2021, we have introduced 55 fully electric vehicles, replacing some of our older diesel vans. Our latest investment into electrifying our fleet highlights our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint in our operations and the work we do on behalf of our customers to support a thriving planet.”

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