Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Small to Medium)
Awarding the UK public sector organisation with a fleet of less than 300 vehicles that can demonstrate a reduction in CO₂ and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training.
2018 Winner: University of Birmingham
Since the introduction of the Renault Kangoo ZE and Nissan e-NV200 at the University of Birmingham, its ambitious target of 40 per cent electric or hydrogen fleet vehicles by 2020 has been achieved a year early. To take account of the Government changes to optional remuneration arrangements, the university lowered the emissions cap from 120g/km to 75g/km last year. A change in culture and procurement has led to Electric Vehicles being the first choice for most drivers. After years of negotiation with unions, the University fleet is now using telematics, which impacts positively on driver behaviour and has the potential to further improve efficiencies.
South Gloucestershire Council
South Gloucestershire Council plans to convert 20% of its 196 light vehicle fleet to electric. To fund these ambitions, the Council worked with neighbouring authorities to submit the West of England Go Ultra Low Cities bid. To support the use of new electric vehicles, a dedicated charging point for each EV was installed. Fast chargers are able to be accessed remotely to provide usage data for evaluation purposes. To further improve monitoring all pool car vehicles now require a driver ID tag to be used, this is linked to the vehicle tracking system to improve driver safety and vehicle security.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage’s fleet of 100 vehicles (65% cars) is managed by a Shared Fleet Management Team which set a target to make all fleet pool cars fully electric by 2026. This started in the Spring with charging infrastructure, followed by the delivery of five Renault Zoe EVs and a further nine to be introduced next year. The plan is to continue the procurement each year until all vehicles are replaced. By default, its staff booking system automatically allocates an EV unless there are range issues. EV familiarisation sessions are held at each office in order to change staff perceptions and reduce range anxiety.
Swansea University’s Sustainable Mobility Plan reduces vehicle usage by promoting walking, cycling and mass transport. Car sharing, car park permits and salary sacrifice schemes are all incentivised towards ZE/ULEV Vehicles. 60 per cent of Swansea’s fleet is now electric, with eighteen EV chargers feeding the cars grid electricity which is 100 per cent renewable. Future goals include a plan to integrate EVs into Smart Building energy ecosystems with V2G/V2B and incorporating driver assist safety features into procurement specifications.
Oxford Direct Services
Oxford Direct Services has achieved impressive emissions reductions through a combination a methods. Trialling up-to-date technology such as engine mapping, in-cab driver behaviour tools and crash cams, it has been able to target CO2 reduction and cost savings by adapting behaviours and driving styles positively. A Tyre management policy reduces wear and tear and a workshop redesign has lowered overheads and improved productivity. Oxford is currently reviewing charging point upgrades to council depots for future proofing of the electrification of the fleet
Five years ago, Swansea University began a campaign to stimulate awareness of EVs, targetting key employees, decision makers, heads of depts, porters and drivers. EVs now make up half of the University’s fleet after taking delivery of its 13th pure electric in July this year. These have covered 65K miles, saved £8K in fuel costs and over 14000kg of CO2 emissions, and are powered by 100 per cent sustainable electricity, with an EV hub dedicating 18 spaces to pre, on and post-charge situations.
Pioneering fleet activities at Gateshead Council continue. Within the past few months, the council has purchased four all electric Nissan NV200 vans as direct replacements for diesel powered vehicles. This adds to 10 Smiths Electric Transits and 10 hybrid vehicles already on the fleet. Electric cars include the Mitsubishi iMIEV, Peugeot ION and Nissan Leaf. Major improvements have been made to the refuse collection fleet with 16 RCVs all with Euro 6 engines purchased in the last year, all fitted with Bartec route optimisation technology.
University of Birmingham
Despite the expansion of intensive research, buildings and an increase of 1,000 beds on campus, the University of Birmingham’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 per cent against its 2005/6 baseline has almost been achieved. Academics & operational staff have joined forces to embed & encourage alternative fuelled vehicles. In early 2016, the University leased the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell which can travel up to 370 miles on a full tank and achieve speeds of 70mph. It became the the first UK university to open a campus hydrogen filling station, and 28 per cent of the fleet are now using a mixture of hydrogen fuel cell, electric and hybrid engines.
Oxford City Council
Through business, technological and environmental efficiencies, Oxford City Council Motor Transport has used its services for income generation without compromising its integrity for customers or the environment. The model has allowed investment in cleaner, more environmentally beneficial technologies and processes yet still returns surplus towards the council overheads. This has been achieved this through telematics and driver behaviour, fleet representation, tyre management, workshop redesign and construction of an Authorised Testing Facility, allowing the Council to MOT its own HGVs.
North Somerset Council
With an average of 112.9g/km CO2 rating, 29 EVs currently feature in North Somerset’s fleet, supported by a well utilised charging network. The Council’s mission is to eliminate all CO2 and NOx within the light commercial and car fleet by 2020. This progressed when the council became of the first bodies to be recognised with the ‘Go Ultra Low Company Status’ in May 2016. The Council’s impressive accident record is in part attributed to Electric vehicles, accident Dash cameras, reversing cameras fitted as standard, and the use of telematics with a Driver ID system which informs drivers about how they score in relation to their peers.
University of Cambridge
Plug-in cars and vans form an increasingly important part of Cambridge University’s fleet, and it was one of the first organisations in the UK to receive ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status. In 2015 six new electric vans and one grounds utility vehicle joined the fleet. With a target of 50 per cent electric by 2021, a further five electric vans have been procured and the catering section was provided with two EV chiller conversions in October. Along with an advanced driver training programme for our regular drivers, a saving of 2,330 litres of fuel of (£3,190) and 5,979 kg of CO₂ in one financial year has been achieved.
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Since a 2010 Energy Savings Trust review showed grey fleet emissions were 159g/km, DCHS has expanded its range of environmentally friendly pool cars, and now has 12 hybrids (seven Outlander PHEVs, four Yarises and one Auris) alongside seven Aygos. This has transferred 90,000 miles/year to pool cars, averaging 74g/km, a reduction of 53 per cent against 2010. DCHS works with a Co-wheels Car Club which provides some of the pool cars and makes these available for public use on evenings and weekends. This means DCHS not only reduces its own emissions, but provides a resource for local people to reduce theirs.
Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council aimed to achieve business and environmental efficiencies in its fleet though a combination of tried and tested methods including Telematics and improving driver behaviour. Fuel/CO₂ reductions and cost savings have been realised by driving aids, such as engine mapping, as well as in cab driver behaviour tools identifying driver training needs. Training has reduced the number of accidents since last year by a further 15 per cent. Telematics are in use on 105 vehicles (including 45 refuse collection and ‘O’ licence vehicles) which has achieved a 70 per cent drop in environmental driving violations (harsh acceleration, idling etc) and fuel/CO₂savings of more than 15 per cent since inception. 45 vehicles in the fleet are either hybrid or pure electric, while the grey fleet is being phased out and replaced with pool fleet and electric bikes. Technical trainig has been undertaken to enable staff to service electric vehicles onsite.
University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham’s fleet includes 92 diverse vehicles ranging from a 7.5 tonne refrigerated lorry to smaller light commercial vehicles and cars, a quarter of which are alternatively fuelled. It aims to increase this to 40 per cent by 2020, and this year leased the first Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle to be used for commercial purposes. Over 13.5 tonnes of emissions have been reduced by using electric vehicles. The lifecycle costs of its electric fleet in comparison to the combustion engine have made the project viable. Evidence shows that 90 per cent of staff are now happy with their electric vehicles, after initial skepticism, and there’s less accidents due to EV drivers taking better care.
Oxford City Council
This years' winner has very cleverly focused attention on the heaviest polluting vehicles, resulting in the biggest impact, in terms of CO₂ reduction. Over 50 tonnes of CO₂ has been saved through driver behaviour tools alone.
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Corby Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council