Green van man

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, during a recent visit to CMS Window Systems to see how the company is ‘greening’ its vehicle fleet with the addition of 100% plug-in electric vans. At the wheel is CMS environmental advisor Amy Ledger
Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, during a recent visit to CMS Window Systems to see how the company is ‘greening’ its vehicle fleet with the addition of 100% plug-in electric vans. At the wheel is CMS environmental advisor Amy Ledger

Scotland’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has welcomed the addition of new 100% electric vans to the CMS Window Systems vehicle fleet, along with its investment in its electric vehicle infrastructure.

The company, which is claims to be Scotland’s largest designer, manufacturer and installer of PVC-U and aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling, has taken delivery of a fully branded Nissan e-NV200 van, following the successful trial of its first electric vehicle over the last 18 months. With a range of up to 187 miles on a single charge, the vans are said to be ideal for serving CMS customers in the areas within close proximity to its main Castlecary factory and HQ near Glasgow.

In addition to the vans currently in service, CMS says that it is looking at how longer range and larger vans could be added to its fleet as the technology rapidly evolves. CMS has also added further plug-in charging points at Castlecary, bringing the total to four, with charging facilities also soon to be installed at its East Kilbride and Kirkcaldy sites. This charging infrastructure will also support the growing numbers of visitors to its sites who travel using electric vehicles.

The move by CMS to make its fleet operations ‘greener’ is a part of its long-term sustainability strategy, which enables the company to be continuously reducing its carbon emissions while working towards net zero carbon by 2045. Its sustainability achievements to date were recently recognised in two major industry awards programmes, with CMS winning both the G19 Award for ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’ and the Best of VIBES Award, which recognises the long term contribution that the company has made to Scotland’s environmental goals for business.

Speaking on a recent visit, Jamie Hepburn MSP, who is also the local member of parliament for Cumbernauld, said: “It’s great see CMS Window Systems continuing to grow and invest locally, including in this fleet of electric vehicles. This will let them significantly cut their transport-related carbon emissions. It is a welcome example of a local company looking to the future and being pro-active in transitioning towards a carbon-neutral society. I would hope other local companies would recognise the advantages of moving to electric vehicles for commercial purposes and that they look to follow CMS’s lead.”