EVs as workhorses – the Nissan e-NV200
POSTED BY KATHRYN TROUNSON 216SC ON FEBRUARY 02, 2021
The Better NZ Trust just loves a good EV story, and what better than a commercial organisation telling us about their EV journey? With the name of 1st Class Gardens it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to understand that these guys provide garden and lawn services across Tāmaki-makau-rau for both commercial and domestic clients.As Chris Lange, the boss, explains “We’ve always had a focus on sustainability so back in 2016 we started with our first hybrid vehicle with the ultimate goal of using fully electric vehicles. In 2018 we were able to make the switch to EV by purchasing our first electric vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200. The difference in running costs of that first van were such that within 2 years of running it we were able to purchase a second identical van. What is truly great is that our staff love them. They’re safe and yet zippy vans with great acceleration. With a quiet and comfortable ride, they’re a pleasure to drive while we do our bit for the environment. They do everything we need them to do, they really are the best work vans we’ve ever had. We won’t ever be looking back, EV’s are the future.”
For more info visit: https://www.1stclassgardens.co.nz/sustainabilityCome along to the Okura Forest Festival on the 20th February 2021 from 11 am to see a fully kitted-out EV work horse and talk to Chris and his team about their EV journey! More details on the Events page. We will also have a Leaf and a Kona for you to look over whilst talking to their EV owners! We look forward to seeing you there!
The Local Business Network
Great to see the work Chris Lange and his wife Kathy are doing with 1st Class Gardens to help keep New Zealand beautiful.
I didn’t realise that 1st Class Gardens, based in Massey, is New Zealand´s only ultra-low emission lawn care service, using battery-powered tools and an electric van and bicycle for most of their client visits! At the Local Business Network this is definitely something we support.
This family-owned and family-run business has been providing quality and reliable garden and lawn care services since 2009, when they started with just one lawnmower and a few hand tools.
Now they have a loyal customer base and are continually innovating to ensure their business continues to provide top-notch service as well as being environmentally-friendly.
Chris loves being outdoors and working with nature and is passionate about seeing spaces transformed and renewed with a bit of love and care. “I love it when a client sees our work and says ´wow´.”
1st Class Gardens have also been getting involved in their community by providing gardening help to their local Massey Community Church and they hope to find sustainable ways to support other local causes.
It is great to see local businesses that genuinely care about their clients, their staff, and their local and wider community.
Louise Francis. The Local Business Network Glen Eden 19 Nov 2018