First zero-emission van signals the future for Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University has purchased a zero-emission on-site vehicle as the university presses on with plans to decarbonise its fleet.

Nottingham Trent University has purchased a zero-emission on-site vehicle as the University presses on with plans to decarbonise its fleet.

A fully electric Renault Kangoo ZE1 has been delivered, paid in part by a grant from OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles), which covered 25% of the cost.

The new vehicle produces zero emissions on site while running and only costs £2 to fully charge its battery. The van will have a range of 100 miles.

Charging stations have been installed at each of the University's campuses, providing the infrastructure to support more NTU electric vehicles.

This van is not the first vehicle NTU has purchased as part of its plans to decarbonise its fleet, with two hybrid Toyota Prius already being used by the Security team.

Minibuses kept at the University's Brackenhurst campus are also having hybrid technology installed to reduce their emissions.

Sustainable Transport Officer, Dave Hobday, is delighted with the progress the University is making: "We're looking to purchase the most environment friendly alternatives when replacing our vehicles."

"This van is the first zero-emission inter-campus vehicle we've purchased, and with the charging stations available across all three campuses, we're definitely looking at more."

Stephen Jackson, Chief Financial and Operations Officer and Chair of the University's Carbon Elephant Group, took a test drive. "It's the first electric vehicle that I have driven and I am really impressed. We are proud to be one of the greenest universities in the UK and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. This van represents another successful step towards that goal."

First zero-emission van signals the future for Nottingham Trent University

Published on 21 May 2014
  • Category: Environment; Press

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