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Sharpfibre converts car fleet to electric

Date: 19 March 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

Fire protection contractor Sharpfibre has replaced its 10-strong car fleet with electric Tesla Model 3s. 

The company operates a fleet of 10 cars and 10 vans, and wanted to enhance its green corporate social responsibility image. To do that, it has switched from hybrid cars to electric cars.

The nine long-range and one Performance Tesla Model 3s were provided by Gofor Finance, which offers a suite of fleet management services.

Sharpfibre MD David Harper, said that operating an all-electric car fleet had proved to be a very positive experience with very few downsides: "Journeys may take a little more planning, but there are now enough chargers around the country so that none of our drivers have ever run out of electricity and we have experienced very little range anxiety.

"We have two chargers here at our head office car park, which are in constant use, while Tesla's own high-speed chargers are capable of charging the battery to its maximum range in half an hour. There are plenty of chargers at service stations that can add 160-180 miles of range in around 20 minutes, which is just enough time for a coffee."

About provider Gofor Finance, he said: "To start with, they were keenest to win our business. Their rates were very competitive and their service levels first rate. I have had more customer service calls in the last six months than in the previous six years with our former provider."

Sharpfibre drivers use Gofor's driver app to record all miles travelled, as there is no distinction between business and private miles for EVs, and the results are then automatically downloaded into the Gofor Finance online fleet management system.