RICKMANSWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM – Jan 25, 2012: A Nottinghamshire
based printer is using the 100% electric Nissan LEAF as an integral part of
its corporate commitment to reduce energy use and its overall carbon
RCS Printers plc has purchased six Nissan LEAFs from Lightcliffe Nissan
Halifax for use by a number of its 120-strong staff, including company
founder and managing director Michael Todd.
Most importantly, because of the huge bank of solar panels on the roof
of RCS’s 43,000 square foot printing facility in Retford,
Nottinghamshire the cars are charged for free.
“The environment forms a key part of our company ethos and our
fleet of Nissan LEAFs build on our vision of becoming the UK’s most
environmentally friendly printer,” explained Todd.
“The LEAF is the first practical five door, five seat EV on the UK
market and our staff have embraced all aspects of the car which is why we
kept adding them to our fleet.”
RCS offers staff access to a Nissan LEAF in return for a small salary
sacrifice each month. In return staff get to drive the Nissan LEAF and
because of its zero emissions status are not liable for any Benefit in Kind
taxation, effectively providing them with free transport; a tasty perk in
these tough economic times.
Charging the LEAF fleet has also just become easier with RCS installing
an ABB rapid charger on site which means that the car can be charged to 80%
capacity in less than 30 minutes. This is the first of its kind purchased
and installed by a private company in the UK.
RCS plc is benefiting financially from going green – as well as
the LEAF being liable for zero road tax and the company qualifying for 100%
first year capital allowances, Todd’s solar panels and other energy
reduction strategies have reduced his company’s monthly fuel bills by
a massive 65% – from 11,000 to 3,500.
“There is no question the financial benefits are a bonus, but
gaining the coveted ISO 14001 environmental standard and FSC (Forestry
Stewardship Council) status – which means all paper we use can be traced
back to its source – shows we live and breathe the environment at
RCS,” said Todd.