Rental and mobility solutions provider Northgate is helping The Nurture Group switch its fleet to electric vehicles as part of its drive to reach net zero by 2030.

The Nurture Group, which has its headquarters in Windlesham in Surrey, operates three divisions, Nurture Landscapes, Gavin Jones and Rokill Pest Control Services, and has been a Northgate customer since 2018. It operates a fleet of more than 420 vehicles and has nine depots across the UK.

The company specializes in grounds maintenance, landscape construction, pest control, winter gritting and interior and exterior plants resulting in a fleet that has wide ranging daily mileages and vehicle usage.

The Nurture Group has calculated that around 50% of its carbon footprint stemmed from its lower mileage commercial vehicles, and has set out to electrify its fleet as the most effective way to reduce its overall emissions.

As part of this strategy The Nurture Group attended one of Northgate’s EV roadshows, and joined the company’s Drive to Zero programme, which is specifically designed to help fleets transition to electric vehicles.

As part of the programme Northgate carried out a rigorous fleet analysis of the group’s vehicles to assess which could be transitioned immediately to EVs, based on their usage.

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The first of the group’s vehicles to be replaced by eLCVs were small to medium sized vans which travelled less than 150 miles per day including the LEVC, Renault e-Kangoo, the Mercedes-Benz eVito and the Peugeot e-Expert.

The company also signed up to Northgate’s 12 months-plus and flexible hire package giving it access to new vehicles, on flexible terms to suit the transition of the rest of its fleet over time.

The Nurture Group has also successfully implemented a greener company car policy, featuring a fleet composition of 87.5% electric and hybrid vehicles, of which a significant majority are fully electric.

Neil McCrossan, Northgate sales and marketing director, said: “Northgate’s Drive to Zero fleet electrification program has been running for more than 12 months and has been helping businesses begin the process of electrifying their fleets.

“The Nurture Group is a great example of a smooth, efficient, and stress-free transition to a sustainable fleet that can be implemented over time.” 

Asim Iqbal (pictured), Nurture Group plant machinery and fleet manager, added: “With a mission to reduce our carbon footprint and become Net Zero by 2030, Northgate has been a huge help to us in working towards this. The friendly team provided in depth advice and support along the way which has helped reduce our costs and attract more business.”