Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Another Local Authority Choose Smiths Electric Vans For Their Truck Fleet

Leeds City Council Gets Greener
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YORKSHIRE – UK – Leeds City Council have selected Smiths Edison electric vans to serve on its municipal fleet. As reviewed previously the Edison panel vans are an all electric version of the ubiquitous Ford Transit with a top speed of 50 mph and a range of around 100 miles on a single battery charge, making them ideal for urban freight deliveries, local council facilities support etc.

“Leeds is a progressive, forward-thinking council that fully understands the benefits electric commercial vehicles can deliver, said Kevin Harkin, sales director for Smith Electric Vehicles.

“We are delighted to be supplying the authority’s first electric vans and look forward to working closely with the council in the future.”

Leeds, in common with other UK Councils are committed to the Lower Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme (LCVPP), and are one of the six local authorities involved in the Department for Transport’s national programme, which aims to introduce low carbon vehicles into public sector fleets.

Speaking on behalf of the authority, councillor Richard Brett, leader of the council and executive board member responsible for commercial transport said: “We're really pleased to be involved in this pilot scheme, which gives us the opportunity to investigate new vehicle technology without the financial risks.

“The council made a commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by signing the Nottingham Declaration in 2006, and since then measures to reduce carbon emissions in transport have been integral to a number of council plans and policies. This project will help to promote more sustainable modes of travel, and hopefully lead to better availability of alternative fuelled vehicles for the general market."

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