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Driving the spirit of sustainability
Sustainability is the backbone to our market approach
Xprt Integration got its start in the IT industry in 1994, because Daniel Sacks witnessed unethical practices by IT operators at the time, and saw it as their biggest vulnerability. So he and a partner created an IT business that was built on the notion that unwavering service and constant client satisfaction would always mean the business would grow. In a sense, if clients are required for the survival of a business, sustaining that client-base was how to see it happen. A happy client is one that’s likely to sustain their business.
Two years later, Daniel and his partner won the Young Entrepreneur’s Award of BC, and the road was smoothly paved.
A quarter century later, that same road is being driven in the same way, but with environmental sustainability as an added feature. Not unlike clients being required to do business, so to do we need a healthy world for businesses and their staff to thrive in. Given the incredible challenge that we all face at the hands of climate change, some of us must lead by example, and show everyone else that the adoption of sustainable business options is not only the right thing to do, it’s what will draws the right clients to our business as well.
Electric Vehicles are here to stay
We went to great length to debate and verify electric vehicles as an option for our fleet. Many factors come into play in the decision, including several obvious factors and many subtle ones that are harder to see and predict. There are fuel cost comparisons and the purchase price differences of the vehicles. There’s the cost of charging facilities (the hardware and install costs, and the electricity). But harder to predict are the factors of operational viability: Will the range of the vehicles under load be enough? What will we do if someone ever runs out of charge in the field? How will we always ensure we have available charging stations for the vehicles in our lot? Will the Kia Soul prove too small for our everyday cargo? What will we need to do do modify the Soul for our needs? There were many circumstances to examine.
We wrestled with these factors at length before deciding on a trial with one car. We added a ladder rack, and gave the rear passenger compartment a full makeover, removing the seats and adding access to batteries beneath a smooth aluminum cargo deck. Today, we’ve proven the benefits to be worthy, and our team enjoy quiet, no-nonsense driving throughout Greater Vancouver. Perhaps the greatest win with this initiative, however, is forming an example as a relatively early adopter of the kind of move towards sustainable technologies that everyone should be considering right now.