Nottingham City Homes (NCH) today launches its first electric vehicles.
The 10 new vehicles include six cars that will replace the organisation’s current fleet of petrol pool cars, and four vans that will be used to answer distress calls from customers of Nottingham on Call, NCH’s care alarm service, also replacing existing diesel vehicles.
The new green vehicles have cost £96,000, funded by a central Government grant plus additional funding from Nottingham City Council. The council has also provided funding for the installation of electric vehicle charge points at the Nottingham on Call offices in Harvey Road, Bilborough. In addition, Nottingham City Homes have used the Go Ultra Low Cities funding to install a publicly accessible rapid charge point at Harvey Road.
There are no CO2 emissions from the electric vehicles, and the cost to charge them is just 14p per kWh.
NCH has an ambition to change its entire fleet to electric vehicles, embracing new technologies and reducing use of fossil fuels as much as possible.
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of NCH, said, “We will be keeping an eye on how electric vehicle technology progresses, and seeking to embrace any further funding opportunities. We fully support Nottingham City Council’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028, and we will continue to work with the Council to realise that ambition.”
Councillor Sally Longford, Nottingham City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services, said: “It’s great to see that NCH is building on the city’s successful efforts to reduce air pollution and leading on the take up of low emissions vehicles. It will also make an important contribution to our goal of being the first carbon neutral city in the UK in 2028.”