The chief in diversified enterprise providers launches its first EV program earlier this 12 months
CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CTAS—Cintas Company (Nasdaq: CTAS) not too long ago launched its electrical automobile pilot program, which thus far, contains nearly 20 autos from a number of producers.
Cintas operates one of many largest company fleets in North America with nearly 14,000 business autos deployed all through america and Canada, and it’s a big supply of the corporate’s Scope 1 (direct) greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions. Cintas acknowledges the significance of transitioning its fleet because it continues alongside its Path to Web Zero.
“Our potential to take away autos powered by fossil fuels from our fleet and introduce autos that run on renewable or various fuels might be an essential think about our potential to attain our Web Zero ambition and scale back our carbon emissions depth,” mentioned Christy Nageleisen, Cintas Vice President of Atmosphere, Social and Governance (ESG) and Chief Compliance Officer.
“Once we meet with employee-partners within the area, the EV pilot program is all the time close to the highest of their pursuits. There’s numerous pleasure and anticipation all through the group about our EV program, and we’re desperate to see how these pilot autos carry out whereas out in service and working our routes,” Nageleisen added.
Hitting the Street
Cintas’ EV pilot program formally launched in early 2022 when the primary automobile was deployed within the Los Angeles space.
So far, 17 completely different autos from 5 completely different producers are or have been included within the pilot program with extra models in Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; and Seattle, Washington.
Evaluating EVs in Motion
The pilot program will assist Cintas consider the efficiency, sturdiness and reliability of varied EVs in quite a lot of enterprise, climate and highway circumstances. Utilizing the autos in real-world circumstances is meant to assist the corporate higher perceive the expectations, advantages and potential challenges of EVs in its distinctive route-based enterprise.
“Once we initially determined to pilot the (electrical) autos, we wished to check markets that had been chilly, scorching, that had snow – that had all of the completely different climate circumstances – in order that we ensured we received the correct automobile for the correct business,” mentioned Mark Bolen, Cintas Vice President of High quality and Engineering, whose group oversees the corporate’s fleet. “Up till this level, the know-how wasn’t on the market to begin a program like this. During the last two or three years, they’ve actually come alongside to the place the know-how’s there.”
Cintas’ Fleet Division works carefully with numerous authentic tools producers (OEMs) to determine extra alternatives, new applied sciences and future use instances that may maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the EVs within the pilot program.
“We’re consistently speaking to our distributors, assembly weekly on convention calls, sharing data, then our workforce – the fleet workforce – truly has cellphone calls with our operations to know precisely what’s transpiring all through the week,” Bolen mentioned. “We’re ensuring the automobile is performing the place we wish it to, after which we’re consistently making that vary exit somewhat bit additional, and somewhat bit additional, somewhat bit additional.”
As 2023 approaches, Cintas plans to obtain and deploy extra EVs round its enterprise footprint.
“Now we have a singular enterprise and our fleet has distinctive use instances, and we anticipate our fleet will proceed to incorporate completely different automobile fashions, together with numerous light-, medium-, and heavy-duty models to fulfill the wants of our enterprise.” Bolen mentioned. “As extra choices and applied sciences are developed, and extra OEMs enter the business EV and alt-fuel markets, we anticipate to develop the pilot program in each amount and scope.”
Extra grant funding has already been secured by means of completely different authorities initiatives and the corporate has plans to broaden the present roster of EVs with as many as 50 extra models within the subsequent calendar 12 months. Cintas additionally plans to pursue extra alternatives to check and deploy new applied sciences from completely different producers as they change into accessible.
Cintas leaders are additionally monitoring improvements and developments in different varieties of alternate-fuel autos. Together with its ambition to attain Web Zero GHG emissions by 2050, the business automobile business will even proceed to evolve with new applied sciences and capabilities.
Bolen notes that Cintas stays open-minded in regards to the varieties of autos the corporate will select for its fleet over the long run, and that the corporate is anxious to guage new renewable and alternate-fuel autos once they’re accessible: “Who is aware of what the brand new know-how might be within the subsequent 5, 10, 15 years?”
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ESG at Cintas
Cintas’ sustainable enterprise mannequin has underpinned the corporate’s development technique and imparted a holistic “Scale back, Reuse, Recycle” mentality all through the corporate’s operations.
This method dates again to the corporate’s origins nearly 100 years in the past through the Nice Despair. Out-of-work circus performers Doc and Amelia Farmer went round to Cincinnati-area companies and picked up their soiled, discarded store rags from their trash bins, and introduced the soiled rags dwelling to launder them. When the rags had been clear, Doc and Amelia then bought them again to space companies, thereby extending their helpful lives and decreasing corporations’ ongoing want to interchange their discarded rags with brand-new rags.
Since then, the corporate has grown and expanded enterprise operations to incorporate uniform and attire rental packages, facility providers, first help and security services, and hearth safety providers.
Cintas’ cultural concentrate on its Principal Goal, Company Character and Administration Methods – outlined by Founder Dick Farmer in his e-book, “Spirit is the Distinction” – has resulted in ESG-centric enterprise practices embedded holistically into Cintas’ operations from its begin.
Cintas’ 2022 ESG Report might be printed in January. To study extra about Cintas’ ESG program, together with its most up-to-date reporting, visiting cintas.com/esg.
About Cintas Company
Cintas Company helps a couple of million companies of all kinds and sizes get Prepared™ to open their doorways with confidence day-after-day by offering services that assist hold their clients’ amenities and staff clear, protected, and searching their greatest. With choices together with uniforms, mats, mops, towels, restroom provides, office water providers, first help and security merchandise, eye-wash stations, security coaching, hearth extinguishers, sprinkler techniques and alarm service, Cintas helps clients get Prepared for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 firm traded over the Nasdaq World Choose Market below the image CTAS and is a part of each the Customary & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.
Lizz Summers, Cintas Director of Company Affairs, email@example.com, 513-972-2859