Billericay based business goes electric with largest fleet of Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles

Fleet of Tesla Model 3 cars - Ground Control Billericay

Billericay based Ground Control Ltd, one of the UK’s largest and most successful grounds maintenance, commercial landscaping and external solutions providers, has further invested into electric vehicles with another delivery of Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs). The total number of Tesla EVs in the company’s fleet is now 63, making it the largest not for hire fleet in the UK.

The investment is part of its company-wide environmental strategy, which also includes its new Evergreen Fund, a £5m investment fund dedicated to sustainability and environmental initiatives, and investment into battery powered hand tools.

 Simon Morrish, CEO, Ground Control:

“A strong commitment to the environment, and playing our part in protecting it, has always been a core guiding principle at Ground Control. Our continued investment into electric vehicles is a key part of our environmental strategy. The economic benefits are too compelling to ignore,” he continues. “The business is cost-neutral in comparison to investing in a fleet of diesel or petrol cars over the lifetime of each vehicle, when the total cost of ownership is measured against that of a combustion engine car and its fuel, servicing, road tax and so on. And, importantly, the take home pay of Ground Control employees using the vehicles is higher than those using combustion engine vehicles due to the introduction of a ‘Zero benefit in kind’ tax system earlier this year, ensuring they don’t ‘lose out’ financially from their transiting to an EV.”

 In addition to the Tesla vehicles, Ground Control also has a number of charging stations installed at its Billericay HQ on Radford Way supplied by EV charging pioneer, ChargePoint, and installs these for commercial customers nationwide. Ground Control has also worked with each employee who has a Tesla Model 3 to help them convert their home energy provider to one who draws its energy from renewable resources, such as Bulb.

 Continues Morrish:

“In my mind there is little point investing in a fleet of EVs if the majority of the power used to charge them on a daily basis comes from non-renewable resources, so this whole package completes the circle – EVs recharged by renewable energy sources. It’s not an overstatement to say we have an existential crisis occurring in our lifetime when it comes to the environment and everyone – from individuals, to business, regional organisations, governments and nations – have a role to play in addressing the environmental issues we have across the globe. However large or small the environmental effort you make is, it all contributes to the collective good – a ‘good’ we desperately need. In this regard, I would urge other companies to also do the right thing to see where and how they can convert to green technologies or providers of renewable energy – and as it now also makes strong commercial sense, why would you not want to help the environment and help your business?” 

 The next step for the business is to continue the process of moving its vans, trucks and tools over to more environmentally sustainable alternatives as these become commercially available and the environmental credentials of each ‘stack up’.