AIRPORT logistics specialist Amalga is accelerating towards a zero-emission future after starting its green fleet journey following an extensive fleet analysis through Reflex Vehicle Hire’s EV:IE tool.
Amalga, which provides services and support to some of Britain’s biggest airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton, has harnessed the power of the award-winning EV:IE service to identify and select the first pure electric vehicle that will revolutionise its dynamic fleet operations.
EV:IE (Electric Vehicle Information Exchange) offers a suite of data-rich insights and guidance designed to propel fleets from the realm of internal combustion-engined (ICE) vehicles to appropriate zero-emission alternatives.
Amalga’s introduction of a new Peugeot e-Partner marks the beginning of their electrifying adventure towards sustainability following a consultation with the EV:IE team, who provided insights into areas including vehicle performance, suitability and, importantly, lead times. The adoption of electric vehicles is supporting Amalga’s 2026 Net Zero goal in support of Heathrow’s 2.0 Sustainability Strategy.
James Walker, operations manager for Amalga, said: “The team were really helpful and focused on our business. They talked us through the options and we discussed how to account for extended manufacturer lead times in our planning and ordering process.”
The new van is being put straight to use moving tools and materials between sites as part of Amalga’s extensive range of airport services, which include procurement, security screening, airside deliveries, cleaning, stock control, installs, and maintenance.
Amalga, a gold member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), operates a fleet of nine vehicles, including six vans. It is reviewing switching the remainder of the diesel fleet to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, ahead of an eventual switch to electric.
Lisa Spong, sales director of Reflex Vehicle Hire, said: “Every fleet in the country needs to prepare for the transition to electric energy over the coming decade as part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy.”
Spong added: “It is important to plan ahead for the switch away from fossil fuels to ensure companies source the right vehicles and maintain a focus on cost efficiency and compliance. Through our EV:IE service, we are helping businesses throughout the country to prepare for change and successfully adapt to an electric future.”
Reflex’s unique vehicle evaluation and transition service EV:IE launched in 2022, enabling fleet managers to develop an electrification strategy, particularly those in SMEs where it can be a struggle to find the time and resource to plan for transition.
The government intends to outlaw the sale of new petrol or diesel cars and vans starting in 2030. However, for many companies transition is likely to be a lengthy process as they source fit-for-purpose vehicles and embed new working practices. This means they need to start the process early and work with expert partners who can offer the relevant guidance and expertise required for a successful switch.