Published On: February 14, 2024

Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future with Investment in a ULEZ Compliant Vehicle Fleet

We are pleased to announce a significant investment in Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant vehicles, replacing our earlier fleet with more environmentally efficient ones. This strategic move is a testament to our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, aligning with our mission to contribute positively to communities and operate under a greener footprint.

The importance of adopting eco-friendly practices as the construction industry continually evolves is significant. A company’s vehicle fleet is among the highest contributors of carbon dioxide (CO2) to an operation like ours. Introducing ULEZ compliant vehicles into our fleet is a pivotal step, fostering cleaner air and reducing our (CO2) emissions in the regions we serve.

The ULEZ compliant vehicles boast advanced emission control technologies, ensuring that they meet stringent environmental standards. By incorporating these vehicles into our operations, we’re not only staying compliant with regulatory requirements but also going above and beyond to proactively address the environmental impact of our activities.

We remain dedicated to implementing environmentally conscious practices across our operations, and this initiative reflects the company’s proactive approach to addressing the challenges posed by climate change, reinforcing our position as a responsible corporate citizen.

So why not invest in electric vehicles?
The choice between ULEZ compliant vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs) depends on various factors, and both options contribute to reducing emissions and promoting environmental sustainability. It was a tough choice that ultimately boiled down to our specific needs, how we’d use the vehicles, the charge time and the existing infrastructure in the area.

For example, ULEZ compliant vehicles typically have lower emissions compared to traditional vehicles and meet specific standards for air quality, compared with electric vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions that significantly contribute to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Here are our findings.

ULEZ Vs EV’s

ULEZ Compliant Vehicles
Reduced Emissions
Typically have lower emissions compared to traditional vehicles, meet specific standards for air quality, and often use advanced emission control technologies to minimise harmful pollutants.
Fuel Flexibility
Compliance does not necessarily mean reliance on electricity. Many ULEZ compliant vehicles can run on alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), offering flexibility in fuel choices. This was a further consideration.
Infrastructure
Generally, these don’t require the extensive charging infrastructure needed for electric vehicles. This became advantageous in our operational areas where charging infrastructure is still under development.
Cost
Vehicles had a lower upfront cost compared to electric vehicles. However, operational costs, including fuel expenses, were considered over a vehicle’s lifespan.
Electric Vehicles
Zero Emissions
Vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, contributing significantly to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Lower Operating Costs
While vehicles may have a higher initial cost, they often have lower operating costs over time due to the efficiency of electric motors and the generally lower cost of electricity compared to traditional fuels.
Government Incentives
Some incentives are available, rebates, and tax credits to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. These incentives can help offset the higher upfront cost and make EVs more financially appealing for some.
Advancing Infrastructure
The charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is continuously expanding, making it easier for EV owners to find charging stations and facilitate long-distance travel, but we fund this this all depends on vehicle use and operation.

About NKS Contracts Ltd

NKS is a Bristol-based building contractor specialising in general building and maintenance services. From the company’s commitment to excellence and a strong track record of delivering high-quality projects, NKS has earned a reputation as a trusted construction industry partner for organisations across all sectors. The company’s expertise spans a wide range of construction and maintenance services, making it a valuable partner in delivering essential maintenance services and construction-based projects for its clients.

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