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Daikin UK outsources fleet to Alphabet

Daikin UK has signed a long-term partnership with Alphabet (GB) covering the full outsourcing of its vehicle fleet.

Based in Weybridge, Surrey, but with offices throughout the country, Daikin UK employs more than 300 people and operates a fleet of some 150 cars and 25 LCVs

Daikin UK is the national division of the global specialist in air conditioning, heating, ventilation and climate control solutions, and runs a fleet of approximately 150 cars and 25 LCVs, which – as with the rest of the business – are operated on a carbon-neutral basis.

Following a fleet review, Daikin has signed up Alphabet on a sole supply basis, operating a two-marque company car choice list with BMW and Lexus, operated on contract hire with maintenance.

The deal will also see Alphabet provide a number of ancillary products and services, including daily and extended rental services, accident management and driver risk management.

Richard Truttero, general affairs manager at Daikin UK, commented: “Daikin UK needs a supplier partner who we trust and can rely on to deliver for our employees day-in, day-out. The decisions we take directly impact how Daikin UK employees do their job – and ultimately how effective they are at meeting the needs of Daikin customers. Like many corporate fleets, we don’t have a dedicated ‘fleet team’ – hence we needed to find a partner to who we can say: ‘Here’s our vehicle fleet and our employee drivers, please look after them with the care and attention that we expect.’

“There’s a great cultural fit between Daikin and Alphabet. Looking ahead, we’re keen to bring more hybrids into the fleet because we’re serious about our environmental responsibility and ensuring that business operations are carbon neutral. Over the past few years we’ve worked in partnership with the Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands to ensure that for every tonne of carbon we create, we plant a tree. Over 80,000 trees have now been planted in harmony with the landscape in Scotland as a result of Daikin UK’s commitment.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.