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Swansea cuts the carbon and the cost

University's new electric vehicles save 4.5 tons of carbon emissions

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | December 22, 2015 | Sustainability

A new “zero emissions” fleet of five electric vehicles is helping Swansea University to improve air quality in the city, save money, and reduce carbon emissions, which have already been cut by 4.5 metric tons.

The vehicles – cars, vans and people-carriers – are used by different branches of the University, such as Information Services and Systems, the College of Engineering, the student letting service, and the SPECIFIC project. Two more vehicles are due to arrive shortly, boosting the fleet to seven.

All the vehicles in the fleet were lined up together for the first time at the Great Hall on the University’s new Bay Campus, for an event on smart technologies which was held on the campus, and organised by Low Carbon Swansea.

Between them the five vehicles have:

  • Covered 20,000 miles so far
  • Saved 4.5 metric tons of carbon, compared to the emissions that would be produced by petrol or diesel vehicles
  • Saved £2,100 in fuel costs

Nigel Morris from the information services and systems team at Swansea University said: “The new fleet has been a big success, cutting our carbon emissions by 4.5 metric tons already. The vehicles don’t damage air quality either, as they don’t produce the gases that are generated by diesel engines in particular.

“With the financial savings too, they’re proving to be an all-round winner, which is why we already have two more cars on order for January.” 

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