Springfield Group reaches new milestone in drive for electric cars

Springfield Group reaches new milestone in drive for electric cars

Kevin McLennan with his electric car

Springfield Properties has celebrated a milestone in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint with the handover of its 100th fully electric company car.

Kevin McLennan, project surveyor for Springfield’s affordable business, is the 100th employee to receive a zero-emissions company vehicle.

From Forres, Kevin is amongst the 240 Springfield employees eligible for an electric company car. Nearly 60% of staff have signed up to the environmentally friendly scheme since it launched in September 2021, following the business’ introduction of zero-emissions company vehicles for staff.

He said: “With such a focus on sustainable living, I was keen to explore ways I could reduce my personal carbon footprint and an electric car is a good way to do this. It’s great to work for a forward-thinking company like Springfield that cares about the environment and their employees.”

The home builder has been working with EV technology since 2019, starting with a commitment to its customers to make it easier for them to switch to an electric car. All homes with a driveway include cabling for an electric car charging point, making the installation of a car charger far less intrusive for the customer while future proofing the home. With developments across Scotland, this initiative has proven popular with Springfield customers, with a number having already invested in an electric car.

Earlier this year, the Springfield Group, made up of Springfield Properties, Springfield Partnerships, Dawn Homes, Walker Group, Tulloch Homes, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes and Glassgreen Hire, published its first Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy with a focus on people and the environment.

Springfield chief executive, Innes Smith, said: “Across the Springfield Group, we are committed to operating more sustainably, which means looking carefully at how we work and in the way we build our homes to ensure our customers benefit. With developments across Scotland, our employees are regularly travelling to our sites, so making the switch to electric company cars is a great step towards reducing our carbon emissions.”

Arranged by Glassgreen Hire, the plant company within the Springfield Group, the scheme was introduced as part of a wider strategy for the Group to reduce its carbon footprint.

Innes continued: “We’re really pleased to have had such a positive uptake from staff and, just over a year on, with 100 employees driving a more sustainable vehicle, we hope that our success can show the appetite for EVs and help set a positive example at a pivotal time for sustainability in the construction industry.

“We’re equally delighted to hear that our customers are benefitting from our investment in EV infrastructure, with a third of customers telling us they have either already bought, or intend to buy, an electric car in the next year.”

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