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  • February 27, 2024
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Press Release

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent & Costain Drive New Multi-Site Electric Van Project to Showcase Potential of Electric Vehicles in Construction

Costain, an infrastructure solutions company, has completed one of the U.K. construction sector’s first pilots to test the use of electric vans on major project sites. The pilot program, in partnership with Enterprise Flex E-Rent, tested the use of electric vehicles (EVs) within construction projects, with electric vans trialled across a range of different teams and workplace scenarios.

The three Costain projects included on the pilot were the Preston Western Distributor Road scheme in Lancashire, the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross project near Truro in Cornwall and the A12 widening scheme near Chelmsford in Essex.

Electric vans were used by Costain’s health and safety, environmental and laboratory teams, with the vehicles typically carrying lighter materials and equipment that work within electric van payload guidelines. Enterprise fitted the vehicles used for the pilot with technology to capture detailed data and provide insights on the electric vehicle usage.

To meet the challenge of long-distance charging, banks of up to 25 EV charging points were installed at the three pilot locations to ensure that the teams had easy and safe access to power.

"Understanding and reducing the impact of vehicle emissions at our project sites will be key to us reaching our net zero targets. We wanted to test how electric vans could be deployed as part of an effective and more environmentally friendly working fleet and how they can be a viable vehicle option for major infrastructure projects. After listening to our people’s needs and adopting a flexible approach, we have been able to meet tight budgetary requirements while supporting decarbonization. This trial has given our project teams a greater understanding of what commercial EVs can do and helps give them the confidence to utilise EVs where they can. By showing what can be possible, we hope to help create a blueprint for the industry to minimize carbon emissions and pave the way for a greener future for infrastructure." -- Costain Head of Plant & Fleet Supply Chain Mark Ashenden

"This pilot is an important step towards understanding how EV vans can best be used in real world scenarios such as construction and infrastructure. It showcases that there are clear applications for electric vans within these and other sectors. Organizations are looking for help in identifying how they can evolve to electric vehicles, which is why we were so keen to partner with our long-time partner Costain. The flexibility of rental means that businesses like Costain can introduce EVs across a number of departments and gradually increase the number of vehicles in line with user uptake." -- Enterprise Flex-E-Rent Managing Director Danny Glynn

Enterprise is committed to putting customers at the centre of the transition to EVs as part of a more sustainable mobility future. The businesses’ top focus is on the overall experience, not just the vehicle, but the details of the customer journey and of operating an EV fleet across diverse mobility lines.

About Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility is a leading provider of mobility solutions including car rental, fleet management, flexible vehicle hire, carsharing, vanpooling, truck rental, luxury rental, retail car sales and vehicle subscription, as well as other transportation technology services and solutions, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Enterprise Mobility, inclusive of its subsidiaries and franchisees, and affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, manage a diverse fleet of 2.3 million vehicles through an integrated network of nearly 9,500 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Mobility manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo brands.