Boys in blue going green

Date published: 02 May 2018 10:29
Dated: 02 May 2018 11:27:38

Your boys in blue are going green after the successful trial of electric vans across the force.

Our maintenance and driver services team will be jumping into the seat of a new Nissan e-NV200, when it takes delivery of 12 shiny new vehicles later this spring, an initiative that is set to save the force over £100,000

A shift to the chargeable transportation comes on the back of a Highways England pilot to find ways to reduce emissions around the M1 and will see our staff travel over 100 miles on a single charge.

Sarah Gilding, Head of Vehicle Fleet Management, said: “The Energy Saving Trust delivered five vehicles to us on behalf of Highways England, which has been trialling them as part of a project to reduce emissions. After taking delivery of the vehicles last September, it quickly became apparent that the electric fleet was going to bring considerable benefits to the force.

“These e-NV200 is quiet and efficient with no tailpipe emissions, my colleagues have enjoyed using them, and just as importantly the vans have delivered considerable fuel savings.”

In order to improve accessibility and flexibility, the force has added another three electric charging points to its sites in recent months, bringing the total to 16.

Christopher Plumb, Air Quality Programme Manager at Highways England, enthused: “It’s great that SYP is making the switch and pleasing to see this trial has helped them build the evidence to do so. This is just one element of our Air Quality Strategy activity to improve air quality on the Strategic Road Network.

Christopher added: “The project is helping us to understand the barriers to using electric vans on our network, and to see if there are ways of helping others like SYP to switch across to electric vans.”

The new electric vans will save the force approximately £9,900 and 24,719kg of Co2 per vehicle on whole life costs over 4 years. A total saving of £118,800 and 296,626 kg Co2 when compared with the cost of an alternative diesel engine van.

Sarah concluded: “With just the electricity cost to meet, but no fuel bills and reduced maintenance costs to pay, it makes sound financial sense. Our new electric additions are good for our limited resources and the environment too.”

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