Central Bedfordshire Council gets greener with electric vans Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

New Nissan vans to replace diesel vehicles

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) will be using seven new electric vehicles as part of its commitment to reduce vehicle emissions. The new Nissan E NV200 Electric Tekna vans will be used by its highway’s inspectors, and will be replacing diesel vans.

As well as being better for the environment, the council said that the vans will also save in fuel and maintenance costs.

Nick Shanagher, a Thames Valley-based business adviser with clients in the electric and autonomous vehicles industry, agrees. He said:

“Electric vehicles are the future and because their engines have fewer parts to go wrong are around 23 per cent cheaper to maintain.

“As more people worry about the environment, it makes sense to invest in infrastructure that plays a role in tackling climate change.”

Under test conditions Nissan claims that the vans have a range of up to 187 miles on a single charge. CBC said it is hoping to achieve 130 miles per charge as the vans will not be carrying much equipment

Inspectors will be using the vehicles to collect data on the condition of road surfaces, potholes, drainage, sign visibility and the extent of hedgerow growth, using Vaisala technology. By monitoring the road infrastructure CBC says that problems can be spotted earlier, and maintenance work carried out sooner.

The vehicles will also be used to inspect traffic management sites and for supervision of third parties (e.g. gas, water, electricity) when they are working on the public highway.

Councillor Steven Dixon, executive member for Transformation and External Relations at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“We are absolutely committed to becoming more sustainable as an organisation and this latest initiative to replace some of our fleet with electric alternatives is a great example of how we are reducing our carbon footprint, making long-term savings on fuel and improving air quality at the same time.”