Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has introduced a new hybrid delivery vehicle as part of its continuing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, which is estimated to help annual fuel savings of up to 23%, while also resulting in lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The company’s London office will be the first area to trial the new hybrid vehicle over a three-month period, to monitor the fuel and CO2 savings it can make.
The results of the trial will determine whether more inner-city branches will upgrade to a hybrid vehicle.
Ian Berrill, director of transport, said: “This is a continuation of the important work we do to ensure we are working towards our CSR policy. We have been looking at hybrids since they came onto the market, but this is the first time they have met our requirements in terms of size and price.
“This vehicle won’t suit all our branches. It only works for multiple drops over short locations, but if the results prove favourable we would look to upgrade our city vehicles when the leases run out.
“This is just another chapter in our long journey to improve our environmental credentials and I’m over the moon to see a hybrid on the market that we could be using in the future.”