Our Cars Electric?

 The University has taken a further big step in its quest to help the environment by lowering its road vehicle emissions by investing in two new electrically powered trucks.

These utility vehicles, which were jointly purchased by Facilities Management and imago Services can travel up to 50 miles on a single battery charge, and can carry 500kg and tow up to 2,000kg.

The vehicles will be used by the maintenance and imago Services teams across  campus. Typical jobs will include the collection of waste and recycling, and transporting goods and equipment to the many conferences and events on campus.

The vans, supplied by epower Trucks, use around 4p per mile in electricity – a saving of up to 80% compared to a diesel van. The simplicity of the electric motor means that maintenance requirements – and costs – are also a lot lower than on a diesel vehicle. Even when powered by National Grid electricity, the vehicle reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

If you’re interested in learning more about this kind of technology, the Library has a growing collection of material about electric & hybrid vehicle engineering among our book and journal stock as well as the latest up-to-date information and research among the Aero-Auto engineering databases on Library Catalogue Plus.