W&H expands its electric fleet in Bürmoos
Four new, environmentally-friendly cars were added to the fleet of vehicles at W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH in mid-September. Since 2012, the family-run company has been running two modern electric cars, which were provided by 'ElectroDrive Salzburg GmbH', an initiative by Salzburg AG. In order to cater for the high volume of short-haul journeys by employees travelling between factory 1 and factory 2, and promote a positive CO2 and cost balance, the dental manufacturer has decided to add more electric cars to its fleet of vehicles. The objective is to make the factory traffic in Bürmoos 100% emission-free and as quiet as possible – a plus for W&H, the environment and the local community.
Modernization of W&H short-haul transport
It is not only in the development of precision dental instruments that W&H is promoting the latest technology. The company is also charting new territory when it comes to short-haul transportation, with four new Renault ZOE electric cars, which are quiet, emission-free and cost-effective. These new additions bring the total of electric vehicles available for use between W&H's two factories at Bürmoos to six. "Thanks to these new, environmentally friendly alternatives we can make savings on petrol-powered cars," says Herbert Traschwandtner, member of W&H Executive Board.
In expanding the electric fleet, it is a key concern of W&H to make factory traffic in the local area as environmentally friendly as possible. Along with a reduction in CO2, the vehicles are also quieter, keeping noise pollution to a minimum. In addition to the electric cars, 'e-bikes' have also been available to W&H employees for a number of years – these proving particularly popular in nice weather.
On top of the switch to electric vehicles, the company is also planning to construct a photovoltaic system in the coming year. Solar panels are to be installed in factory 2 by mid-2016, enabling electricity to be produced in an environmentally friendly manner. "In future, we want to use some of the green energy produced to charge our electric vehicles. This would provide us with a 100% green solution," stresses Traschwandtner in conclusion.
Thomas Koch (left), vehicle fleet representative at W&H, and Herbert Traschwandtner (right), member of W&H Executive Board, are delighted with the latest additions to the electric fleet. These should make factory traffic at Bürmoos 100% emission-free in future.