Driving sustainable business practices onto the road
Ebbett Volkswagen have delivered a driving solution that will see Prolife Foods increase their efficiency on the road while enhancing their environmentally friendly ethos.
The Hamilton-based food producer, home of brands including Mother Earth and Alison's Pantry, is committed to bringing a sustainable approach to all aspects of their operations, and that includes their fleet of cars.
Initially considering Hybrid cars, Chief Executive Andrew Smith found their vehicle choices were severely limited. Meeting Richard van den Engel, Ebbett Volkswagen Dealer Principal, Smith soon discovered that similar fuel efficiency could actually be achieved by a traditional combustion engine.
Volkswagen, which similarly places sustainability at the heart of its operations, became a natural fleet-partner solution for Prolife Foods. The Volkswagen Group has set itself the goal of becoming the global leader in environmental protection. Through resource-efficient production and a broad-based approach to powertrain and fuel technology, Volkswagen aims to be the world’s most ecologically sustainable car manufacturer by 2018.
“With Volkswagen’s focus on innovation in sustainability we boast models in our range that offer the same, if not better fuel efficiency than equivalent Hybrid models,” explains van den Engel.
“The Golf Comfortline TDI has an average fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100 km while the Passat Highline TDI 135 kw, available in October, uses only 4.6 litres per 100 km.”
The all new Passat has been awarded the prestigious European Car of the Year Award for 2015, recognising its efficiency and also its quality and functionality. The new lightweight model is more compact in terms of its footprint on the environment compared to its competitors. With its roomy interior and the biggest luggage space in the class, it is an ideal fleet option for sales people who are on the road.
Van den Engel says that staff at Ebbett Volkswagen were really excited about the opportunity to provide Prolife Foods with their new set of wheels. "We take a personal approach to doing business, sitting down to firstly understand a client’s needs and exploring how we can add value to their business," he explains.
"It’s clear Prolife Foods is motivated towards running a sustainable business. Moving towards a vehicle fleet that is kinder to the environment reinforces this message,” says Mr van der Engel.
Mr Smith says the team at Prolife Foods are really pleased with their new fleet of cars. "They're safe, economical and comfortable for our staff to drive, but just as importantly, they're kind on the environment – a value that is hugely important to Prolife and its brands”.