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Sweden-based converter Grafokett is intensifying its environmental initiatives and replacing its entire fleet of petrol and diesel cars with seven hybrid electric vehicles.
New Volkswagen Passat GTE and Golf GTE vehicles are being delivered by Börjessons Bil of Ängelholm. Five of the hybrid vehicles are now on the road. The final two are due soon and the fleet will then be environmentally certified.
Grafokett is ISO 14001 certified and sees hybrid electric vehicles as a step towards a better environment. Hybrids were chosen over pure electrics largely because, owing to the limited charging possibilities and batteries, the range of the latter does not match the company’s aims. More than 50 percent of the company’s turnover is generated outside Sweden.
The company’s environmental initiatives are focused on more than just cars. Discussions are ongoing with the various landlords of the company’s offices in Sweden. The goal is to have charging points not only for its own vehicles, but also to encourage customers and visitors to make choices that are more climate smart.
Åse Jeppson, Börjessons Bil sales manager, commented: ‘When it comes to hybrid electric vehicles, flexibility and range are currently important for our business customers. However, they also want a “real” car with all the functions and new technologies of today’s vehicles. Furthermore, it has to be stylish. As a VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat dealer, we have wide offerings and can meet every driver’s requirements. We are extremely happy that we could help Grafokett® find a solution and supply their cars. At the same time, it’s not just about selling cars. This deal also includes servicing, tire storage, accessory supply and everything else that is necessary. The solution provided by the total package is the most important thing.’
Daniel Nehl, chief marketing officer at Grafokett, said: ‘We know that seven vehicles won’t appreciably lower the global temperature. However, we can do something. That’s why we chose to go electric.’