Embracing sustainability in Hamlar – Grenzebach launches its e-mobility campaign week

23.03.2021 - Mobility with "green" electricity - In addition to e-cars for the Grenzebach vehicle fleet, there are now also e-charging stations with electricity from the company's own PV system.

Once again, automation specialist Grenzebach has clearly demonstrated that corporate activity and a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach can go hand in hand: in the future, the company is to switch over its vehicle fleet to electromobility and is expanding its charging infrastructure with this in mind. To mark the start of this initiative, each day Grenzebach will be giving away five free test drives to its employees in different electric cars from BMW, Tesla, and VW.

Grenzebach’s vehicle fleet is set to become “greener” in the coming years. As far as possible, newly procured vehicles will feature either a fully electric or hybrid drive in order to reduce CO2 emissions. That’s also why Grenzebach is expanding its charging infrastructure at its site in Hamlar. Two charging stations have already been installed and two more are to follow in the coming weeks. A total of eight connections will thus be available to charge company vehicles. The installation of the charging points is also a big plus for Grenzebach employees, as they will be able to use them to charge their private electric cars while at work. At the same time, the general public will also benefit from the expansion of electromobility at Grenzebach. “Sustainable thinking and actions don’t stop at the company’s gates. Everyone, regardless of whether external visitors or interested drivers, will have the opportunity to use our charging points on the weekend after a test phase,” confirmed Egbert Wenninger, Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Grenzebach management team.

E-Mobility Campaign Week

Electromobility at Grenzebach is to get underway in the week from March 22 to 26, 2021. During this week, each day the company will be giving away all-day test drives in five different electric cars from the car manufacturers BMW, Tesla, and VW to its employees. A BMW i3, a BMW iX3, a VW ID3, a VW ID4, and a Tesla Model 3 will be made available to the winners between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is a huge amount of interest in promoting sustainability and e-mobility. Numerous employees took the opportunity to take a first look at the electric cars on March 19. In addition to environmental protection, Grenzebach also values health and safety at work. All electric cars will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.

Sustainable E-Mobility with Green Electricity

Grenzebach’s commitment to sustainability is twofold: most of the electricity for the electric cars comes from the company’s own photovoltaic systems. Two photovoltaic systems were installed back in 2005 and 2006 on the production halls in Hamlar, and their electricity is fed into the grid. At the turn of the year, Grenzebach expanded the existing systems to include a further photovoltaic system with an output of 200 kWp, which is used purely for its own electricity supply.

“We are very proud to be able to produce almost 600 megawatt-hours of electricity annually with our photovoltaic systems in Hamlar. By way of comparison: around 9,500 electric cars per year can be charged with these megawatt-hours. Even the pandemic and the discontinuation of state subsidies have not shaken our commit-ment to significantly reducing CO2 emissions.”

 

Egbert Wenninger Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Grenzebach management team

Green, Greener, Grenzebach – E-Mobility as a Further Building Block

The Grenzebach Group has become synonymous with a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach. The many small and larger projects that Grenzebach has realized in the name of sustainability are testimony to this. For example, since March 2018, Grenzebach employees have been able to take advantage of the benefits of the bike leasing program. Today, nearly 230 employees from Hamlar and Bad Hersfeld have switched over to this subsidized CO2-free means of travel. The promotion of electromobility is thus just another building block on the journey to active and sustainable environmental protection.