The MKM Glasgow branch has further bolstered its green credentials, incorporating a hybrid vehicle into the fleet.
The new vehicle – a Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid – joins the fleet at MKM Building Supplies’ branch in Glasgow. This the first hybrid vehicle in the whole branch network, and forms part of MKM Glasgow’s ambitions to be the most sustainable, eco-friendly builders’ merchant in the country.
The pioneer vehicle has the world’s first fully automated dual clutch transmission for trucks, automatically selecting the right gear for the lowest fuel consumption. With an onboard hybrid system which reduces fuel consumption by up to 23%, its braking system also generates energy, making it 12.8km per litre more efficient than a full diesel model.
Since opening in 2013, MKM’s Glasgow branch has been committed to becoming a centre of excellence for environmental friendliness. The entire branch is powered by renewable energy through the use of solar panels for electricity and a biomass boiler for heating the showroom and offices; this is in addition to heat recovery in the ventilation system. MKM Glasgow has reduced its carbon footprint to 86.7 tonnes, with a further five tonnes saved by bailing all plastic, cardboard and paper.
The branch has also developed a ‘Green Room’ – an information and training centre which contains various working and static models to help its specifiers, customers and suppliers make informed choices and meet sustainability targets.
Lee Smith, Branch Director at MKM Glasgow, said: “With our branch already powered by renewable energy, this was the next evolutionary step. By analysing how our products were being delivered, we took the decision to look at an Eco Hybrid vehicle. This fantastic addition is another part of our effort to be the greenest builders’ merchant in the country.”