Since our inception in 2006 one of ecocabs’ core principles has been to run the business in an environmentally responsible way.

Every vehicle in our fleet has been carefully chosen for its environmental credentials.  From class leading fuel efficiency in our larger diesel engine minibuses and coaches to hybrid and fully electric power in our cars.

Our diesel vehicles are all silver, and our hybrid and electric vehicles are all white. Hybrid and electric power is starting to appear in larger and larger vehicles and we are working towards a future where our whole fleet is white.

From the start we have challenged ourselves to do things differently, and to be early adopters of new technologies and working practices that support long term environmental sustainability.

We were one of the first companies to run our fleet on biodiesel.  We started our transition to emission free electric vehicles back in 2012 with the purchase of our hybrid minibuses.  This year we are the first company in the UK to take delivery of a hybrid minibus with the recent arrival of our first Ford Transit Tourneo Custom.

As a private sector business our environmental sustainability has to sit alongside commercial sustainability;  but within this framework we never stop challenging ourselves to find new creative ways to reduce any negative impacts on our environment.

Our booking, administration and accounting systems are all paperless.  We use refillable containers across all areas of the business from our vehicle workshops to our offices and toilets.  Our office heating is provided by wood from a local fully renewable source.

As a local community-centric company we want to support and encourage those around us to appreciate the importance of sustainability.  Interaction with those around us can also provide us with ideas and inspiration.  We therefore work actively alongside local organisations like Tyne Rivers Trust, Northumberland Rivers Trust and Queens Hall to help benefit our whole community.

Looking forward we have the ambition to move to a fully electric fleet of vehicles by 2025, charged with electricity we have generated renewably on site.  We want our office and workshops to be powered by our own electricity too.

We believe this ambition is realistic and we believe we have the passion and drive to take the necessary steps over the next five years to reach this goal.

This is our pledge to our customers, to our community, and to ourselves.

View our Environmental Policy here. 

Matthew Kirkby

Managing Director, ecocabs