Aston Group unveils first electric vehicle

Aston Group has introduced a brand new, state-of-the-art electric van to its fleet of vehicles, in support of Waltham Forest Council’s ambitions to become a net-zero borough by 2030.

The Renault Kangoo ZE, which is wrapped in bright green graphics, is based at the company’s Wood Street office and costs just 4p per mile to run. The vehicle can achieve 125 miles per charge in the summer and 75 in winter, which makes it ideal for nipping about Waltham Forest!

The investment comes as the company develops its sustainability credentials with the aim of significantly reducing its carbon footprint in response to the climate emergency. The Kangoo ZE currently sits alongside the company’s existing fleet of vehicles, which are being modernised to meet Euro 6 emissions standards by October 2021. If it performs well, however, it may be the first of many electric vehicles to join the fleet.

Aston Group is currently working in partnership with Waltham Forest Council on a number of projects designed to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions within the local community. The company has already installed external wall insulation and solar panels at properties throughout the borough, while overseeing a whole house retrofit project, which will demonstrate the benefits of improved energy efficiency.

Aston Group’s Gas and Repair Manager – and the driver of the electric vehicle – Luca Carstea says: “When I first received the phone call about driving Aston Group’s first electric van I was a bit worried. It was probably the natural fear of the unknown; I’ve been driving for 26 years but I had never driven an electric vehicle!

“I needn’t have worried, though. Within 10 minutes of driving the van I felt familiar with it. It couldn’t be much simpler. Plus, the quietness within the cabin makes driving feel more relaxing. What really amazes me, though, is the braking; I barely need to use the brakes because the electric motor slows the van on its own!

“I am delighted that Aston Group has taken this step towards joining the electric revolution. It will help reduce the carbon footprint of our company and hopefully be the first of many!”