Salix Homes. Releasing the potential

Electric ‘green machine’ now part of Salix Homes and Sure Group Fleet

From L-R Sue Sutton - director of customer & neighborhood, Salix Homes: Mike Copple - deputy chairman of the Salix Homes board; Peter Styche - chairman of the Salix Homes board; Donna Brodie and Steve Vickers, of Sure Group.

AN AWARD-winning housing provider and its mechanical and electrical contracting partner have introduced a new ‘green machine' to their vehicle fleet.

Salix Homes, in partnership with Sure Group, pride themselves on their green credentials and are committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.

Both organisations are actively working towards the use of more fuel-efficient vehicles and have just introduced a new addition to the fleet - an electric van.

One of the first of its kind in the Greater Manchester area, the Renault Kangoo ZE can travel 75 miles on a standard charge, with each charge costing £2.50 a time.

Sue Sutton, director of neighbourhood and customer service at Salix Homes, which was named Sustainable Landlord of the Year in the UK Housing Awards 2012, said: "We pride ourselves on being green and caring for the environment so it is only right that the vehicles our contractors use are environmentally friendly too.

"This new ‘green machine' is helping us reduce our emissions and cut our carbon footprint. This is just one of the many ways we show our commitment to the environment and we are hoping to introduce more electric vehicles to our fleet in the near future."

Sure Group's low emission fleet also includes Ford Econetic Transits, Vauxhall Ecoflex Insignias, Skoda Green-Line estates, Hybrid cars and Citreon Nemo vans with stop/start technology.

Phil Spinks, Sure Group fleet manager said: "The Renault Kangoo ZE is proving an excellent addition to our already low emission fleet.

"In partnership with Salix Homes, we are one of the first partnerships in the Manchester area to introduce a fully electric vehicle.

"The Kangoo ZE van has been running for two months now and even in this short time, we are noticing a reduction in operating costs and our overall emissions output.

"We have been working very hard for the past 10 years to reduce our carbon footprint, as we are mindful of our commitment to keep reducing our impact on the environment.

"We are really happy with the ZE and we plan to role out more in the near future."

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Photo caption:

From L-R Sue Sutton - director of customer & neighborhood, Salix Homes: Mike Copple - deputy chairman of the Salix Homes board; Peter Styche - chairman of the Salix Homes board; Donna Brodie - customer liaison officer, Sure Group; Steve Vickers - contract manager, Sure Group

Notes for editors

Salix Homes Ltd is helping to deliver Salford City Council's five-year strategy to bring all council housing up to the Decent Homes Standard, a multi-million pound vision for the city.

Salix Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and is a not-for-profit company responsible for the day-to-day management of 10,500 homes across Central Salford, Rainsough Brow and Beechfarm.

It also assists the council in the operational delivery of the Housing Market Renewal Programme.

Salix Homes was named Sustainable Landlord of the Year in the UK Housing Awards 2012.

For more information on Salix Homes, please contact Public Relations Officer, Hayley Collins on 0161 779 8820.

Hayley Collins
Public relations officer
Tel:
0161 779 8820
Email: hayley.collins@salixhomes.org