The ULEV Experience project carried out a fleet review and provided electric vehicle loans for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust also received a grant from Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service which enabled ten 7kW EV chargepoints to be installed across key locations to support the uptake of EVs within the Trust and to encourage staff to consider EVs when choosing their next car. Since the new charge points were commissioned, the Trust has experienced significant uptake in their use.
The ULEV Experience project provided Renault Kangoo and Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to trial for a month. Initially the Trust wasn’t sure if electric vehicles would work from an operational point of view, but the trial allowed the Transport and Logistics team to assess the vehicle suitability for its duties of transporting pathology and histopathology specimens, internal mail, and pharmacy and medical records to NHS sites across Nottinghamshire. An energy monitoring exercise was also carried out to determine vehicle running costs, performance and carbon benefits. Prior to the trial there was concern about possible range anxiety, but following the trial positive feedback was received about the larger Nissan e-NV200 van in particular, and its smooth and quiet driving experience.
Based on the favourable experience of the Transport and Logistics team, the IT team also decided to start the process of switching to an electric fleet. The Trust now operates two Nissan e-NV200s and based on running these vehicles to date, 40 vans could be swapped to EVs.
The recently-published NHS Long Term Plan sets targets to reduce air pollution associated with delivering NHS services, with ambitious goals for 2028. The Trust’s ISO 14001 environmental management system also means that, as part of the continuous improvement of its environmental performance, CO2 emissions have to be reduced. Electric vehicles offer a solution in response to the challenges of air quality and climate change.
The Trust is also due to look at electric pool cars, which will hopefully lead to further implementation of EVs. Increased awareness of EVs at work is also resulting in staff giving more serious consideration to EVs as their next personal cars.
Istvan Sereg, Energy Manager at the Trust, comments: “The ULEV Experience has been a real enabler to start our fleet on an electric journey. The trial proved to be very positive for the drivers, and EVs deliver environmental and financial benefits, so it was an easy decision to start the transition of the fleet to electric. And because the Trust is using 100% renewable electricity, there is even less environmental impact from the electric vehicles.”