Not only is the UK so far ahead of us here in Ireland, with electric public buses but they are matching their progress with maintenance facilities for their new green fleets.
Nottingham City Council is paving the way for greater vehicle electrification across the East Midlands by opening its very own electric vehicle servicing centre.
The pioneering move – believed to be a UK first – will see the city support and encourage efforts to increase electric vehicle usage.
Scheduled to open this summer, the state-of-the-art centre – Nottingham Electric Vehicle Services (NEVS) – will offer all makes and models maintenance, servicing and MoT to customers across the city and beyond.
Crucially though, it will also maintain the council’s own growing fleet of ULEV commercial vehicles, which now includes everything from panel vans to street sweepers and cage tippers.
And with specialist equipment and expert technicians available ‘in-house’, even more of the barriers holding up the more rapid electrification of the council’s own sizable fleet of commercials – issues such as vehicle downtime – will effectively be eliminated.
What’s more, by servicing vehicles for members of the public as well as other fleet operators, the council will do more to support greater EV uptake across the region, it will also generate a revenue stream that could be used to fund its own EV revolution.
It is now expected that other local authorities across the UK will view Nottingham as the blueprint to support their own fleet electrification projects and carbon reduction ambitions.
Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “NEVS will become an integral part of the electric infrastructure, helping to support the council’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028.
“We have already achieved our energy strategy target of a 26 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, and we are on track to meet our 2020 target of 20 per cent of energy generation from low carbon sources.
“Nottingham Electric Vehicle Services will enable us to maintain both our own vehicles and offer these services out to other councils and businesses, providing a hub for electric vehicles in the East Midlands.
“ULEVs are the future for the motor industry, and this centre will allow Nottingham City Council to continue leading the way in what is currently a niche market in terms of service and maintenance of electric vehicles.”