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Sandy Fraser with the Nissan Ariya assigned to the Ardbeg distillery on Islay.

Nissan helps whisky distillery go electric

NISSAN is playing an important role in helping one of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries make the transition to electric motoring.

The Glenmorangie Company, which operates in a number of locations across Scotland, is adding two examples of Nissan’s all-electric coupe crossover – Ariya – to its busy fleet of pool cars.

The team at Glenmorangie chose the award-winning Nissan Ariya as part of an initiative to move to fully electric vehicles. The model proved particularly popular when staff members were asked to choose potential candidates for their EV future, thanks to their familiarity with the Nissan brand and the confidence they had in the car’s quality and reliability.

The Glenmorangie Company has been distilling high-quality whiskies for more than 200 years and has its headquarters in Edinburgh. Its world-famous distillery is in Tain, Ross-shire while its bottling hall is in Livingston, West Lothian. Staff are required to travel between the various sites as and when required. Also part of the Glenmorangie family is the Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute.

Sandy Fraser, Estates and Workplace, Employee Experience Manager at The Glenmorangie Company, explained that the pool car review was part of a wider exercise to improve colleagues’ working arrangements across the organisation.

He said: ‘‘Before moving to fully electric vehicles, our pool cars had been run in partnership with various leasing companies, all of whom were doing a good job for us but were operating in different ways.

‘‘We decided we would rather have one provider so opted for Athlon. We have also invested significantly in the infrastructure we need at our sites to make it possible.’’

Fraser explained that one of the Ariyas would be assigned to the Ardbeg distillery on Islay, with the other based at the Livingston bottling hall, where a recent multi-million-pound renovation has led to the installation of a number of EV charging points.

Karen Reid, National Corporate Sales Manager, Nissan Fleet Sales, said: ‘‘Glenmorangie has made impressive strides in its decarbonisation journey in recent years and the team there deserve huge credit for their efforts.

‘‘We’re delighted to be a chosen manufacturer partner as they add EVs to their vehicle parc and we look forward to our relationship continuing for many years to come.’’




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