Tool hire company Speedy is adding 150 electric Ford E-Transits to its fleet.

The order, which represents an £8.25 million investment by the company, includes 100 4.25t single chassis cab vehicles, and 50 3.5t vans.

Speedy is planning to switch more than half of its 1,100-strong commercial fleet to electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025, and says its E-Transit order will cut up to 1,280t of CO2 emissions per year.

Speedy managing director – operational support Chris Dempsey said: “Transforming our fleet with low and zero carbon models is crucial to leading the hire industry’s journey towards decarbonisation and aligns with our strategy of de-carbonising our property network and expanding our low-emission Eco tools and equipment range.

“Our strategy supports our customer’s sustainability objectives as they strive to deliver projects with minimal environmental impact, of which site deliveries play a vital role. This significant investment in new electric vehicles demonstrates our commitment in helping our customers achieve these aims.”

Ford of Britain and Ireland head of national fleet accounts Adam Harkin said: “Ford has been Speedy’s preferred vehicle supplier over many years, and we are delighted to continue that partnership as the company accelerates its move to a zero-carbon future and transitions to electric alternatives for its fleet.  

“As Speedy invests in electric vehicles, Ford looks forward to working together to find further opportunities to maximise the productivity and sustainability of its delivery fleet through our integrated Ford Pro solutions.”