Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Medium to Large)

Awarding the UK public sector organisation with a fleet of more than 300 vehicles that can demonstrate a reduction in CO₂ and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training.

2017 Winner

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Medium to Large) 2017 Winner: Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
The YAS fleet features two hydrogen electric hybrids and a hydrogen-diesel conversion and the Service is participating in various bids across the region to get hydrogen refuelling stations in place. Electric charging points are being rolled out across 62 ambulance stations as well as standby points and offices across the region. YAS is also working with a technology partner to create the first electric-hydrogen hybrid ambulance.

Commended

Fife Council

Forward thinking Fife Council currently operates 33 EVs and since 2011 has reduced its fleet size by 22 per cent due to various efficiencies. Fleet utilisation using modern telematics has allowed Fife to reduce its fuel consumption by 10 per cent since 2012. Dual-fuelled Diesel and Green Hydrogen are now in use, along with a hydrogen refuelling facility which has the capability of being upgraded to include an electrolyser. This would allow the Council to generate its own hydrogen.

Dundee City Council

Dundee City Council operates a total of 87 electric vehicles including 30 car pool vehicles. It has observed a 35 per cent reduction in vehicle maintenance for its EVs compared to petrol and diesel equivalents. To support these, Dundee has the most concentrated rapid charger network in the UK and was awarded GUL status by OLEV in March 2016, making it Scotland’s only Go Ultra Low city.

Leeds City Council

Six years ago Leeds was the first council to introduce a CNG fuelled refuse collection vehicle to the fleet with help from Department for Transport funding. An awareness event held this year featured expert speakers and enabled the council to engage directly with businesses to discuss Council plans and the city’s Clean Air Zone.

London Borough of Hackney

Hackney Council currently operates a total of 39 EVs and was one of the first public sector bodies to have a Tesla on its fleet. The council is in the process of phasing out Grey Fleet vehicles entirely, preferring public transport and encouraging walking and cycling between sites utilising a small fleet of pool bikes. Testing at Millbrook using HVO biofuel is also showing impressive tailpipe reductions as the process of bringing its entire fleet to Euro VI/6 continues.

Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru/ Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) Carbon Positive Project involved a strategic review of both fleet and plant assets. Through a mix of telematics, electrification and a reduction in vehicle numbers, NRW is expecting a CO2e reduction of 39 per cent, alongside a 22 per cent cost reduction. Three electric vehicles have saved 0.7 tonnes CO2e since May 2017. NRW is also switching to 100 per cent renewable tariff.


2016 Winner

London Fire Brigade

This year the Brigade changed its diesel fleet of 66 ‘blue lighted’ pool cars to 52 range extender electric BMW i3 and five plug in hybrid cars, making it the largest i3 fleet in the UK. This has greatly reduced CO₂ emissions from 119g/km to 13g/km and NOx from 149mg/km to 2mg/km for the i3s. Telematics are also being introduced on all frontline vehicles.

Commended

Gateshead Council
Gateshead Council demonstrates a wide a range of carbon reduction initiatives across the fleet operation. It operates 10 electric transit vans, three electric cars and 12 hybrid tippers. Recent initiatives include speed limiting the fleet to 56mph and the recent purchase of five new refuse collection vehicles with Euro-6 engines. The Council is currently involved in research being carried out by the ZERE Project to help deliver a new class of range extended electric vehicles using hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Essex & Kent Police
Kent and Essex Police has a fleet of over 1,778 vehicles. The Transport team has already delivered over £3m in fleet savings alone and this year, with an additional £900k towards a 2018 fleet target of £2m. With senior officers’ car choice limited to vehicles with less than 120g/kg CO₂, several have opted for plug in electric vehicles. Telematics has achieved a reduction of five million corporate miles since 2013.

Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council’s work to date on road fleet alternatives has brought about the purchase of 43 Nissan e-NV200 vans and 5 CNG refuse trucks with pilot fuelling facility, plus additional CNG vans and hybrid diesels. The Council has also worked with the Association of Public Service Excellence to set up a fleet alternative fuel and compliance seminar for council staff and other public bodies, in order to provide information and awareness of the vehicle emissions in Leeds.

Fife Council
A council priority is the introduction of Green Hydrogen vehicles and refuelling stations. The Levenmouth Community Energy project has been delivered in partnership with Bright Green Hydrogen and Toshiba, which has integrated its sophisticated Hydrogen Energy Management control system. The project is aligned to the objectives of the Scottish government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund. Fleet Operations are converting five Ford Transits and two Mercedes Econic/Heil Farid refuse collection vehicles to run on diesel and green hydrogen.

South East Coast Ambulance Service
SECAmb has developed two new integrated patient transport system vehicles with improved ergonomics, resulting in decreased vehicle downtime. This can save 10 minutes per shift – in a system that deploys 330 shifts per day, this equates to £1.2m of time saved per year. Part funded by OLEV, 15 Mitsubishi Outlander response vehicles have been introduced, five of which are fitted with solar panels.


2015 Winner

Dundee City Council

The winner of this years’ award has implemented rev-limiting technology, stop-start, driver training and vehicle downsizing to reduce CO₂, but the biggest impact has come from a massive investment in electric vehicles.

Commended

South East Coast Ambulance Service
Gateshead Council
Fife Council
Wiltshire Council
Dundee City Council