Leeds City Council goes for fully electric van fleet
Leeds City Council is introducing 51 Nissan e-NV200s to its
fleet, ahead of the introduction of the city’s Clean Air Zone.
The authority is taking delivery of the fully electric vans
over the next six months as it completely replaces its current van fleet.
The Council is requesting £27 million in funding from the
government’s £220 million Clean Air Fund to support local businesses to upgrade
or retrofit affected vehicles through grants and interest-free loans. That is
in addition to £13 million from the government’s £255 million Implementation
Fund to cover costs associated with the infrastructure and operation of the
Clean Air Zone.
Councillor James Lewis, who has responsibility for
sustainability and the environment, said: “The plans we’re putting forward have
been carefully developed following months of consultation with thousands of
residents and local businesses.
“A key element of these proposals is the support we’re
proposing to help affected them transition to cleaner vehicles which avoid
charges. We believe that it is important to help local businesses in order for
the zone to most successfully reduce pollution.
“That’s why last month, Leeds City Council became one of 16
organisations to sign up to the national ‘Clean Van Commitment’ - a commitment
to collectively invest £40 million in electric vans over the next two years for
a more sustainable future.
“These new vehicles demonstrate that we are honouring that
commitment and, more importantly, that we are doing our bit to reduce our own
contribution to air pollution in Leeds.”