Council takes delivery of 11 new electric vans as part of bid to become UK's energy capital

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Feb 2017

North East Lincolnshire Council has set a target of becoming the UK energy capital by 2032 - and set itself on the path with the arrival of 11 new electric vans.

The new electric vans will join the authority's security and neighbourhood operations fleet and will replace its current diesel-powered vehicles.

A spokesman for the council said the new Nissan eNV200 electric vehicles would be more cost effective and were expected to have a much longer lifespan and a greater capacity than their diesel counterparts.

They will begin being used by council officers over the next few weeks.

Although the council has not yet confirmed the cost of the fleet, or whether they are currently being leased, the on-the-road price for such an electric vehicle bought privately is £16,562.20.

The vehicles will be used mainly by frontline council staff in waste services, grounds maintenance and pollution control, as well as security services, run by its partner Engie.

Some of the eNV200 Combi vehicles have been adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and vulnerable children.

Councillor David Watson, portfolio holder for environment, said: "These new vehicles are much more cost effective than those that we currently operate, and they fit in with the council's vision for a low carbon North East Lincolnshire.

"It is great to see the vehicles on the road and ready to go. People will be able to see the new vans operating across the borough over the next few weeks.

"The council will put these vehicles to the test, ensuring that they can fulfil the requirements of our day-to-day operations, before potentially looking at the eNV200 as a replacement for the ageing diesel fleet. "

The vehicles have a range of about 108 miles on a full charge with fuel costs amounting to just £300 per 10,000 miles, in comparison with the diesel equivalent of about £1,500.

In 2016, the council launched RenewNEL, which is an umbrella brand for all energy-related council projects, with the hopes of making North East Lincolnshire the UK energy capital by 2032.



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