Vehicle maintenance

Where possible faulty modules, components etc. are repairedrather than replaced, or dismantled for spare parts and/or recycling.

Tyres are one of the biggest consumables of vehicle operationsand a significant disposal problem around the world, so we purchaseonly long-life, high quality tyres from the larger manufacturersthat also have "low rolling resistance" to further minimisethe energy consumption of the vehicles. At the end of their lifethey are taken to a specialist, local, recycling facility.

While electric vehicles do not have engine oil they do useother fluids commonly found on vehicles, such as antifreeze, screenwashand power steering fluid. Where it is necessary to drain a systemfor maintenance or repair, the fluids are re-used where possibleor disposed of via reputable, registered disposal agents. Proceduresand safeguards are employed to prevent accidental spillage offluids from entering the environment uncontrolled.

The traction batteries used in our electric vehicles have along service life and are returned to the factory when no longerusable for dismantling and recycling. Other lead-acid batteriesenter the standard automotive recycling stream to recover materials.

Vehicle body painting necessary after accident damage is onlycarried out in regulated body repair facilities to control therelease of paint and associated chemicals into the environment.Only water-based paints are used where possible.

Goal: To source or formulate a screenwash which is abio-degradable solution, since ultimately this finds it's wayinto the environment as it washes off the vehicles.
Update: We now source a biodegradable screenwash made fromUK-produced bio-ethanol.