Thermodial, a leader in the Irish building service engineering sector since 1987, has embarked on a 5 year programme to convert its 35-strong fleet to electric vehicles by 2022. The 45-strong SME, which celebrates 30 years in business this year, recently took delivery of its first ever electric vehicle (a zero emissions Nissan E-NV200 van) from Nissan Ireland. The decision to convert the fleet to electric vehicles was inspired by a request from one of Thermodial’s Service Engineers,  who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Management from Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Commenting on the decision to make the switch to a 100% electric fleet, Thermodial Managing Director, Turlough Kinane, said: “Energy management is a rising global theme that is very relevant to our business as reflected by our attainment of the ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management System in 2016. It is also our company policy that we believe in employee involvement in improving our capabilities. As a result, when Gareth Kavanagh from our Energy Management Division asked us to ‘walk-the-talk’ and start the move away from fossil-fuel vehicles, we didn’t take long to first assess and then invest on the basis that it is the right thing for us to do both professionally, environmentally and financially too.”

Adoption of electric vehicles by businesses are incentivised both directly and indirectly with a range of direct and indirect fiscal benefits including no fuel costs, greatly reduced car tax rates, lower insurance and maintenance costs, no parking charges in most metropolitan areas, capital grants and  corporate tax allowances. Overall running costs of an electric van is on average 82% less than a diesel car or van.

Mr Kinane added: “We have been in business for 30 years partially because we continually invest in our people, our systems and our technology. It also helps that it is our company policy that everybody’s opinion and performance matters and employee involvement in all areas of the business is encouraged.” The company will gradually phase-in new electric vans as old, diesel-powered vehicles reach replacement age so that the entire Thermodial fleet is electric by 2022.