For maintenance in the city, Ziggo technicians will use the electric StapStep for the last few kilometres. The company announced today that it is starting a pilot. This makes VodafoneZiggo the first Dutch telecoms organisation to opt for the electric scooter as sustainable transport.
Technicians will use the StapStep in combination with their delivery van. There will be a charging point in the bus so that the technician can easily charge the scooter at night. VodafoneZiggo is starting the pilot in five cities: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Apeldoorn, Lelystad and Maastricht.
Their own bright idea
The idea to cover the remaining kilometres with this new means of transport came from the technicians themselves. By parking their bus outside the city and taking the scooter for the last section, they will save time and experience less parking problems. Daniel Hamersma, technician at Ziggo and participant in the pilot, was immediately enthusiastic: "It's good for the environment, and it saves me a lot of time. I often spend longer in the city looking for a parking space than solving faults. And now on my scooter, I get fresh air too.”
The electric scooters are a sustainable solution. The e-step provides a CO2 reduction of 99.3% for every kilometre travelled compared to the diesel bus. This means that customers in so-called zero-emission zones remain accessible. Zero-emission zones are areas in the city where no vehicles with CO2 emissions will be allowed from 1 January 2025.
* CO2 emissions based on the average kilometres travelled per technician per year.
The pilot fits in perfectly with VodafoneZiggo's ambition to halve the company's environmental impact by 2025. To achieve this goal, the organisation is looking ahead with a green outlook.
Laura van Gestel, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at VodafoneZiggo is continuously looking for ways to make VodafoneZiggo's transport more efficient and environmentally friendly: “The StapStep is a good addition to our existing 'green transport range' for technicians. There is already the e-bike, sustainable cargo bike, covered e-scooter and now the e-step has been added to this. This brings us one step closer to our ambition to make as many customer visits as possible in 100 percent environmentally-friendly way.”
The StapStep is a scooter with 'step support' and is therefore the only e-step allowed on public roads in the Netherlands. The StapStep gives support, as long as you step yourself every eight seconds. The maximum speed of the scooter is 25 kilometres per hour. If the trial is successful, VodafoneZiggo will deploy e-scooters in more urban areas.