21 December 2018
Nottingham City Homes (NCH) manages around 27,500 homes in the city of Nottingham on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
An NCH fleet review was carried out by the Energy Saving Trust, a member of the consortium delivering the ULEV (Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle) Experience Project, to assess the viability of introducing ULEVs to its fleet of 306 light goods vehicles, including 15 pool vehicles.
The review included a baseline of current fleet performance, a review of fleet activities including a comparison against ULEVs, typical savings available from suitable ULEVs including total costs of ownership, an infrastructure assessment, Clean Air Zone compliance, and recommendations.
The report identified opportunities for NCH to replace petrol and diesel vehicles in its fleet with zero emission electric vehicles.
NCH is now looking at whether it’s operationally viable to introduce ULEVs, and it is trialling vehicles and seeking charging point infrastructure information. In October 2018, the ULEV Experience provided a Nissan e-NV200 electric van for a month’s trial. The vehicle is due to be returned for a further trial during the winter months.
The ULEV Experience is also supplying a Hyundai KONA Electric and a Renault ZOE for NCH to trial as pool cars for a month. Four twin electric vehicle charge points have been fitted at NCH’s Harvey Road site,taking advantage of a £25,000 Workplace Travel Service grant to fund the installation.
Nottingham City Homes is aiming to organise an electric vehicle engagement day for its 1,000 staff, with vehicles available to test drive and experts on hand to answer any questions.