Tusker Directors Go Electric!

Pic­tured: Tusker direc­tors with their new EVs: (left to right) David Brock­well, Iain Carmichael, Mark Sin­clair and David Hosk­ing

As the mar­ket for elec­tric cars accel­er­ates, the exec­u­tive board of direc­tors at UK con­tract hire and salary sac­ri­fice provider, Tusker, have all tak­en deliv­ery of new elec­tric vehi­cles as their com­pa­ny cars.

Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, David Hosk­ing, Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer, Mark Sin­clair, and Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer, Iain Carmichael, have all opt­ed for BMW i3s, while Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer, David Brock­well, has cho­sen a Nis­san Leaf.

This ini­tia­tive comes at the same time as Tusker itself has seen an upsurge in orders for EVs, with an incred­i­ble 250% increase in EV orders since pro­mot­ing them to cus­tomers of its award-win­ning SalarySacrifice4Cars (SS4C) scheme over the last four months.

Tusker’s direc­tors are firm advo­cates of elec­tric pow­er and, to under­line their com­mit­ment, have already clocked up con­sid­er­able mileage test­ing var­i­ous EV mod­els.

At the same time, to encour­age staff into a wider take-up of EVs, Tusker has installed four charg­ing points in the com­pa­ny car park of its new offices in Crox­ley Green, Hert­ford­shire. Elec­tric cars are now avail­able to all com­pa­ny car dri­vers at all grades and to non-car eli­gi­ble staff on its salary sac­ri­fice scheme.

While three of the direc­tors opt­ed for BMW i3 range exten­der mod­els, CFO David Brock­well select­ed the Nis­san Leaf to pro­vide a mix of vehi­cles for com­par­i­son pur­pos­es.

“We want­ed a rea­son­able mix of EVs to enable us to com­pare dif­fer­ent mod­els, and I have been pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by the per­for­mance of the Leaf. Once you have over­come any range anx­i­ety issues, it’s a dif­fer­ent way of dri­ving: pleas­ant, smooth and quick­er than I antic­i­pat­ed. I’ve dri­ven up to 75 miles on one charge and have had a home charge point installed for easy re-charg­ing,” he said.

COO Mark Sin­clair, one of the three BMW i3 dri­vers, said:”I absolute­ly love the dri­ving expe­ri­ence with the i3 and, in many respects pre­fer it to a con­ven­tion­al­ly ICE-engined car. I have found it ide­al for my com­mute to work, both in stop-start traf­fic and on motor­ways.

“From a run­ning costs point of view, the i3 has worked out far cheap­er than the 520D I was dri­ving, with a sav­ing of around £560 per month in BIK and fuel.

“Over­all, I have found it more fun, more relax­ing and more sat­is­fy­ing to dri­ve. It is not the per­fect com­pa­ny car for essen­tial users who dri­ve around the coun­try to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent loca­tions, because of the re-charg­ing issue. But for a reg­u­lar dai­ly com­mute to work of a set and known length, it is ide­al,” he said.

CCO Ian Carmichael said: “Com­ing from a motor man­u­fac­tur­er back­ground, my deci­sion to have an i3 has sur­prised many. But in the ‘real world’ of BIK and pay­ing direct­ly for per­son­al fuel, it is com­plete­ly ratio­nal because, with a 120-mile dai­ly com­mute, my month­ly fuel sav­ing alone is over £250, even allow­ing for home charg­ing — and there is the added ben­e­fit of BIK sav­ings as well!

“And it is no hard­ship with the i3 which offers a com­fort­able, rapid and easy com­mute with the addi­tion of the range exten­der alle­vi­at­ing any con­cerns around range anx­i­ety. If I have the need for longer per­son­al trips, then the fuel sav­ings alone offer me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to hire a con­ven­tion­al car and still be in pock­et. So even with an annu­al mileage of around 30,000 miles, the i3 Range Exten­der makes per­fect sense.”

Col­lec­tive­ly, the Tusker direc­tors expect the trend towards EVs to con­tin­ue as aware­ness of the finan­cial and envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits increas­es and the charg­ing net­work con­tin­ues to grow.

CEO David Hosk­ing added: “Elec­tric cars are def­i­nite­ly becom­ing more of a main­stream item in the fleet mar­ket with orders increas­ing day-by-day, and we have shown our com­mit­ment by opt­ing for EVs for our exec­u­tive board.

“The expe­ri­ence of us all has gen­er­al­ly been a very pos­i­tive one, while the increase in the num­ber of charg­ing sta­tions avail­able has cer­tain­ly helped. The new charg­ing sta­tions in our car park have made the re-charg­ing process very straight­for­ward.

“We expect uptake of EVs on salary sac­ri­fice and con­tract hire schemes to con­tin­ue to grow this year, as more mod­els come onto the mar­ket and aware­ness of the sav­ings and prac­ti­cal­i­ty of EV’s grows amongst end-users in line with an expand­ing recharg­ing net­work and infra­struc­ture,” he said.



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