The University of Buckingham switches to electric vans11 July 2019
All maintenance vans belonging to the University of Buckingham have now been replaced with fully electric versions in a bid to ensure the University is more eco-friendly.
In the last few years, there has been a huge surge in the amount of electric vehicles on the roads. In 2017, the Government announced that from 2040 they will stop all sales of new diesel and petrol cars with the aim of reducing the amount of harmful pollutants in the air.
The 11 electric maintenance vans were recently introduced and will be used in replacement of the standard petrol and diesel vehicles.
Electric vehicles use an electric motor and rely on being charged. Along with the electric vehicles, The University of Buckingham has installed 16 charging points around the university campus with 10 charging points available to staff, students and visitors.
Operations Manager, Matthew Cross said: “The new vehicles have reduced the need to run a fleet of diesel and petrol vehicles around the campuses and town. With each vehicle having a range of up to 150 miles per charge, these vehicles will show a significant saving in fuel costs compared to an internal combustion feet and a reduction in exhaust emissions.
“With the new vehicles and our zero waste landfill, the University is helping to promote a greener environment for everyone at the University and town.”
Electric vehicles are said to increase from 2% of global share in 2016 to 22% in 2030.