South Yorkshire charging ahead in the electric vehicle stakes
22 March 2016
LOCAL BUSINESSES are ditching the diesel and doing their bit for the environment after signing-up to South Yorkshire’s Inmotion! Electric Vehicle scheme.
Eighteen companies across the county have worked with Inmotion! to incorporate electric vehicles into their fleets, thanks to funding provided via the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
To date, over 56,500 miles – enough to travel twice the circumference of Earth - have been covered by South Yorkshire business vehicles supplied through the scheme, saving just over 27,500kg of CO2 from going into the local atmosphere.
The funding has also enabled electric vehicle users to stay on the road through the provision of free-to-use, publicly available electric vehicle charging points across the county.
Mark Daly, Sustainable Transport and Mobility Officer from Sheffield City Council has led the Inmotion! project since its inception in 2013, together with representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the region’s local authorities.
Mark said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to help South Yorkshire businesses access zero emission, cost effective vehicles. Electric vehicles offer a greener future for local transport needs and their use is already helping to combat air pollution and carbon emissions. The numbers of electric vehicle drivers using our network of free-to-use charge points installed across the county has also grown significantly to over 1,000 times per month.”
Businesses of all sizes and backgrounds, from a local artisan bakery right through to Meadowhall, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, have taken advantage of the benefits electric vehicles offer. With zero tailpipe emissions, cheaper running costs due to fewer moving parts, and a full charge for a Nissan e-NV200 van costing around 2p per mile, the benefits all start to add up for businesses that have added electric vehicles to their fleet.
Darren Pearce, the Centre Director for Meadowhall said, “Meadowhall has been winning recognition for its environmental programme for more than 20 years and we are proud to have been the first in South Yorkshire to install rapid charging points. Electric power is a sustainable and long-term solution to our transport needs.”
Rob Cole, Director of Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, is proud of their latest addition and added, “Even as someone who is green minded and runs a sustainable business, I was slightly sceptical when I was invited to try out some electric vans by Inmotion! I realised pretty fast that I had underestimated how far electric vehicles had come. The van is fantastic, it's fast, efficient and it's lovely driving around in it knowing we're helping reduce air pollution and all the associated health problems which affect us all.”
For more information visit inmotion.co.uk, or contact the Inmotion! Team at firstname.lastname@example.org