Oldham Council has become one of the nation’s greenest public sector fleet operators after adding two 100% battery-electric Nissan e-N200 vans to the eight all-electric Nissan LEAFs it already has in service across the borough.
The Nissan e-NV200 vans – supplied by local Nissan dealer West Way Oldham – will join the LEAFs as pool vehicles and will be shared by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police.
The new vehicles, which cost just two pence per mile to run and offer zero emissions mobility, will help the local authority further reduce its carbon footprint and provide better value for money for taxpayers.
Based at locations across Oldham, the now 10-strong electric vehicle fleet is available for use by council, police and fire service employees in the course of their duties – significantly reducing the cost and impact of essential journeys.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “We’re really pleased to be adding theses two Nissan e-NV200s to our fleet, increasing our commitment to electric vehicles and making our fleet even more sustainable.
“The vehicles will be available to anyone who goes out on council business and we’ve had them fully liveried as a way of making people aware of what the council does in the community without creating a pollution issue at the same time.”
She added: “It was always our intention to add electric vans to our fleet and the e-NV200 was the obvious choice given the feedback to the eight LEAFs we took on earlier this year has been fantastic.”
The e-NV200, which is priced from £13,393 in panel van form (incorporating the government plug-in van grant) offers a class-leading 4.2m3 capacity and an impressive 703kg payload.
Urfi Hossain, Business Centre Manager at West Way Nissan on St Mary’s Way, said: “The e-NV200 is the perfect choice for public sector organisations and, in fact, any business that wants a versatile and capable van with ultra low running costs.”