A FLEET of 13 electric vehicles have been delivered to the Port of Southampton to replace diesel cars and vans currently used by the port.
Air quality in Southampton has become an issue and the main cause for failing to meet European air quality standards within the city is emissions from vehicles.
The new fleet of Nissan electric vehicles, made up for 3 LEAF passengers cars and 10 e-NV200 vans, will be used across the UK’s number one export port by ABP Southampton staff. They are first all-electric vehicles in the ABP fleet.
Director Alastair Welch, said:
“As one of the city’s biggest employers and largest employment sites, we are keen to lead the way, where we can.
“The introduction of these vehicles to our fleet will not only contribute to improvements in local air quality but will also reduce running costs.
We plan to monitor the performance of the vehicles going forward to allow us to track environmental improvements. I hope we are able to replace an increasing number of vehicles in our fleet with electric or hybrid equivalents in the coming years as the available technology develops."
This initiative is one of a number the port is looking to roll out to further reduce the impact it has on the environment locally over the coming months.