Amey is adding 20 new electric Nissan E-NV200 vans to the two electric and two hydrogen powered vehicles it has already – bringing the total number in its electric fleet to 24.
As well as helping cut its carbon emissions, the company believes the investment will make it one of the largest operators of electric vehicles in the city so far.
The 20 new vans are fitted with Nissan’s latest-spec larger 40kW batteries which means they can travel further distances for longer on one charge, and are more than a match for Sheffield’s hills.
Tom Cullingford, Compliance Manager with Streets Ahead says:
It’s a step change for us, to move from 4 vehicles to 24. It’s a big investment for Amey and a big investment for the city.
Hand in hand with purchasing more vehicles is the need for more charging points.
Seventeen charging points are now installed at the Olive Grove Road depot in Heeley. One of these is a rapid charger that will charge an electric vehicle in just 30 minutes. There are also plans to install a rapid charger in the city centre and four further charging points at Amey’s Ecclesfield depot.
Tom goes on to say:
The average mileage of our standard vehicles is 29 miles a day. The range of our current electric vans is 70 miles on one charge using 24 kW batteries.
As battery technology is improving, so is their range so we should be able to get up to 100 miles on one charge in the new vehicles despite the many hills, the traffic and the weight of tools we carry every day.
The purchase of additional electric vehicles, due to be delivered next year, demonstrates one part of Amey’s commitment to use its operational and technical expertise to help Sheffield City Council combat air pollution in the city. The Streets Ahead contract also has a no-idling policy to make sure stationery vehicles are always switched off, unless the engine needs to power machinery.
In-vehicle technology allows Amey to monitor exactly when and where all its vehicles have been idling to encourage the right driver behaviour. The technology also tells managers which drivers have a tendency for unnecessary acceleration or harsh braking that increases the amount of pollutants from exhaust fumes.
On this point, Tom says:
All of our vehicles are monitored and this has resulted in a significant positive shift in our driving behaviour.
Being aware of our own driving style is something we can all do in our own cars. Speeding and unnecessary acceleration can reduce your average miles per gallon (MPG) by up to 33% so it’s hitting your pocket as well as increasing your carbon emissions.
Councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and street scene at Sheffield City Council, said:
Clean, green vehicles both help to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emmissions. We welcome Amey’s investment in electric vehicles, which supports the Council’s ambition for a greener and healthier environment in the city.