Shepherd and Hardies invest in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

SHEPHERD Chartered Surveyors and Hardies Construction Services have committed to investing £1 million in a new fleet of electric vehicles and office charging infrastructure.

It comes as the firms look to accelerate efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, with them having taken delivery of 10 new electric BMW i4’s with a further 10 due to be delivered later this year.

With over 160 surveyors working for the firms from 37 offices throughout Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland, a fleet of around 150 cars covering a combined three million miles annually, is a ‘priority’ for cost and tax efficiency for the partnership.

Commenting on the investment, Steven Clarke, commercial associate at Shepherd, said, “As a firm, we are keen to ensure we acknowledge our environmental obligations and travel in the most sustainable way possible. This latest investment in our vehicle fleet helps reduce our carbon footprint significantly, gives our employees a cost efficient, sustainable means of transport, and continues to align us with the environmental policies pursued by many of our clients.

“Sustainability is of huge importance to our business and ‘going electric’ helps the partnership to mitigate operating costs as well as safeguard the reliability and future of our fleet, all of which would not be possible without the engagement of our surveyors who immediately see the efficiencies and tax savings.”

Paul Dalby, business sales manager at Arnold Clark BMW, added, “As the first all-electric BMW saloon, the i4 combines the efficiency requirements for business fleet customers as well as the modern comforts and safety features required to deliver a truly outstanding driving experience for Shepherd and Hardies surveyors.

“With their latest investment in EVs, Shepherd and Hardies have once again shown themselves to be amongst our most forward-thinking clients in Scotland, which we are delighted to be able to support through the delivery of corporate fleet vehicles.”