Birmingham City Council launched its trial of a new electric car yesterday (17 June), as part of a strategic collaboration with car manufacturer Nissan Motor GB, to widen its fleet of ‘green’ vehicles.
Adults and Communities team’s existing fleet of council vehicles is one of the oldest and in most need of replacement, which is why its Home Care Team – who deliver out-of-hours care to city residents in community settings – have been selected to take part in this electric car trial.
During this six month trial, which began on 2 June 2014, the council’s Climate Change and Environment team will measure driver use, environmental and economic performance to compare it against mileage and fuel costs of its current diesel vehicles.
Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is a great opportunity, through our partnerships with Nissan and Cenex, to look at how we can make our transport fleet greener and more efficient.
“The Home Care Team will be trying out this new electric vehicle for six months, which will provide a green and efficient resource for the department who generate high mileage as they visit residents across the city. Switching from a diesel to an electric vehicle will help the council save money as well as help the environment.”
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Left to right: Amanda Andrews, of Adults and Communities’ Home Care Team, Birmingham City Council; Councillor John Cotton, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Birmingham City Council; Katie Lewis, of Adults and Communities’ Home Care Team, Birmingham City Council; Matthew Downs, public sector specialist for Nissan Motor GB; and Keith Budden, head of business development for Cenex.
Nissan Motor GB
Matthew Downs, public sector specialist at Nissan Motor GB, commented: “We are delighted that Birmingham City Council is trialling the Nissan LEAF with its Adult and Communities Services Provision until December and that it will aid the delivery of vital services to the residents of Birmingham.
“The 100% electric Nissan LEAF is increasingly being seen as the vehicle of choice for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and protect themselves against rising fuel costs.
“We are confident that the trial will be a success and that those driving the Nissan LEAF will be assured that any journey made is far less detrimental to Birmingham and its population than if it was made in a petrol or diesel car.”
Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. It is now an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure
Keith Budden, head of business development at Cenex, said: “Cenex are pleased to be working with Birmingham City Council in developing their first green fleet strategy.
“The trial of the Nissan Leaf within the Adults and Communities department will assist in creating a robust knowledge base for emission reductions, cost savings and reliability that low carbon vehicles can offer the council.”