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HAMPSHIRE-BASED IT specialists Taylor Made Computer Solutions is switching to an all-electric fleet starting with six BMW i3 pool cars with its customary high-profile branding.

The Fareham-based firm, which is well-known for its fleet of nearly 50 branded Skoda Octavias, says it’s clear the future for cars is electric and it’s keen to embrace the technology earlier rather than later.

Founder and managing director Nigel Taylor said: “With the Government planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, it’s never been clearer that the future is electric.

“Businesses have a significant role to play in the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles and we’re keen to start that journey right now.”

Taylor Made’s transition to an all-electric fleet will start next month, when it takes delivery of six BMW i3s. The vehicles will be used as ‘pool cars’ for the company’s 115 employees, who need to be ready to dash out and help clients at a moment’s notice.

The advantage of pool cars for employees is that the users do not have to pay company car tax when they only use the cars for business while using other modes of transport to commute.

With Taylor Made’s clients spreading across southern England, from Poole in the west to Brighton in the east, and London, the BMW i3 pool cars will have the chance to show off their ability to recharge quickly when needed.

The cars can travel around 124 miles before needing to recharge and drivers will be able to do this at rapid DC charging stations, where the i3 can go from 0 to 80 per cent charge in just 39 minutes. Taylor Made will also install a charger at its headquarters in Fareham to ensure staff are topped up for their journeys.

The rest of Taylor Made’s vehicle fleet will transition to electric gradually over the coming years, most likely with a range of different makes and models. It’s a step-change for the company, which last year bore the title of having the largest private business fleets of Skodas in UK.

Back in 2003 it hit the headlines with the world’s largest fleet of Renault Avantimes – nine of them all finished in distinctive blue and silver. At the time Nigel said: “The Avantime particularly appealed as it perfectly matches our company philosophy with its distinctive style, high quality, its practical ergonomics and its ability to stand out from the crowd.”

Of his next move he added: “Our current vehicles have relatively low emissions but we’re keen to take our carbon footprint down even lower. Making a positive impact on the world around us is important to all of us here at Taylor Made and we’re excited to take delivery of our six BMW i3s in December.”