Taylor Made Computer Solutions, based in Fareham, has announced plans to switch to electric cars, with a firm belief that the future is electric.
The fleet of branded cars operated by IT company Taylor Made Computer Solutions are among the most recognisable vehicles on the M27, consisting of nearly 50 branded Skoda Octavias. The company has now announced publicly that in its view, it is clear the future for cars is electric and that it’s keen to embrace the technology earlier rather than later.
“With the Government planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, it’s never been clearer that the future is electric" said founder and managing director Nigel Taylor. "Businesses have a significant role to play in the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles and we’re keen to start that journey right now.”
Taylor Made intends to transition to an all-electric fleet next month, when it takes delivery of six BMW i3s. The vehicles will be used as ‘pool cars’ for the company’s 115 employees, who need to be ready to dash out and help clients at a moment’s notice. Given that the company's clients are located all across southern England, from Poole in the west to Brighton in the east, and London, the BMWs will have the chance to show off their ability to recharge quickly when needed.
The cars can travel around 124 miles before needing to recharge and drivers will be able to do this at rapid DC charging stations, where the i3 can go from 0 to 80 per cent charge in just 39 minutes. Taylor Made will also install a charger at its headquarters in Fareham to ensure staff are topped up for their journeys.
The rest of Taylor Made’s vehicle fleet will transition to electric gradually over the coming years, most likely with a range of different makes and models. It’s a step-change for the company, which last year bore the title of having the largest private business fleets of Skodas in UK.
“Our current vehicles have relatively low emissions but we’re keen to take our carbon footprint down even lower" Nigel Taylor added. "Making a positive impact on the world around us is important to all of us here at Taylor Made and we’re excited to take delivery of our six BMW i3s in December.”