Speedy Hire in the UK invests in alternative power

By Murray Pollok25 November 2008

One of the six new Modec electric-powered delivery vehicles acquired by Speedy Hire.

One of the six new Modec electric-powered delivery vehicles acquired by Speedy Hire.

Speedy Hire in the UK has invested in solar and battery powered equipment. It claims to be the first UK rental company to buy GenSet PLC's solar powered lighting tower, and has also added six new battery powered vehicles to its delivery fleet.

The GenSet lighting towers are powered by a combination of solar panels and batteries, and generate "significant savings on fuel costs as well as reducing energy emissions on-site", said Speedy. A 7 m tower can run for approximately six days on a single charge. The tower has a lighting coverage of approximately 50 m², making it ideal for lighting walkways and access points.

David Graham, a managing director of Speedy Hire, said: "Naturally, demand for extra lighting soars during the winter months, as outdoor workers need to maintain the same productivity levels despite reduced visibility.

"Our customers are increasingly keen adopt new solutions that offer safety benefits, cost-savings or are more energy efficient. This year we've seen a significant rise in the demand for energy efficient lighting."

Meanwhile, the six new electric powered delivery vans, manufactured by Modec in Coventry, will add to the four units acquired for London last year. The new vehicles will operate at Heathrow and Manchester.

Mark Turnbull, safety, health, environment and quality director for Speedy Hire, said: "Over the past five years we have introduced initiatives that have enabled us to reduce our average CO² emissions by 12 per cent.

"Environmental performance is becoming a key purchasing decision for customers - not least because it now plays an important role in prequalification questionnaires. We are continually looking for new and innovative ways to help our customers reduce their impact while enhancing their bid credentials."

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