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New electric vehicles for Hampshire County Council to slash fuel costs and save £200,000 a year

Cllr Mel Kendall and one of the new electric vehicles at Bar End, Winchester

Published on the Hampshire Chronicle website on the 5th January 2018

Story by Andrew Napier

 

HAMPSHIRE County Council has rolled out its first electric vehicles for staff use to help cut fuel and energy costs.

A new electric delivery van and pool car based at Bar End, Winchester, will cost 97 per cent less to ‘fuel’ than equivalent diesel vehicles.

The council is also reviewing which other vehicles in its 156 small vehicle fleet could be replaced with electrics – which could save £210,000 every year.

The council has already saved nearly £30 million in energy costs over the past seven years after cutting its carbon emissions by 38 per cent since 2010.

It has now set a more ambitious target to cut carbon from 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025.

Cllr Mel Kendal, executive member for economic development, said: “As a publicly-funded authority, it’s vital that our proposals make economic and environmental sense. The decreasing cost of electric vehicles makes this an ideal time to start replacing our small diesel vehicles – which could dramatically reduce our fuel costs.

“Electric vehicles could also save an estimated 400 tonnes of carbon emissions, helping the environment and delivering cleaner air for Hampshire residents.

The new electric vehicles include a Nissan E-NV200 van which will be used to deliver supplies to schools and County Council offices in Winchester, and a Nissan Leaf which will be used as a staff pool car.

Two new electric vehicle charging points at Bar End, Winchester, are not for public use, but are the first of approximately 40 new charging points to be installed by the County Council across Hampshire. Sites have yet to be finalised, but could include the County Council’s country parks where some charge points could be available for public use.

A new tender process is underway to appoint a private sector partner to install and operate the charging points. This framework arrangement will be available to other public sector organisations to accelerate the growth of charge points elsewhere. Hampshire County Council and its partners have already installed 14 charging points across Hampshire and neighbouring areas.

Electric vehicle charging points

Rapid Charge Points
(30 minutes charging)

 

Installed location:

Winchester – University of Winchester, Romsey Road

Romsey – Romsey Rapids Leisure Centre Car Park

Andover – Texaco Service Station, Charlton Road

Fareham – Civic Way (North) Car Park

Farnborough – Esso Petrol Station, Bridge Road

Ringwood – The Furlong Car Park, A31

Eynsham (Oxfordshire) – BP Service Station, A40

Newport (Isle of Wight) – Central Car Park

 

Fast Charge Points
(3 to 4 hours charging)

 

Installed Location:

Winchester – Winchester South Park & Ride

Winchester – University of Winchester, Romsey Road

Basingstoke – Churchill Way Car Park

Farnborough – Queensmead Car Park

Gosport – South Street Car Park

Petersfield – Festival Hall Car Park

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