University of Bristol goes green with electric vehicles

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Kate Hancock, Nissan Business Specialist at Wessex Garages, and David Tonkin, Estates Manager at the University of Bristol, with the four 100% electric, Nissan e-NV200 Combi vans
Kate Hancock and David Tonkin with the four Nissan e-NV200 Combi vans

The University of Bristol has taken delivery of four electric vehicles thanks to a dealership in the city.

Wessex Garages’ Nissan brand centre at Cribbs Causeway has provided the four 100% electric, Nissan e-NV200 Combi vans to the University’s Estates’ team.

David Tonkin, Estates Manager at the University of Bristol, said: “We decided to look in to electric vehicles for a variety of reasons both in the interests of sustainable fleet management and basic operational requirements.

“The Nissan e-NV200 has the right range and load capacity for our usage so there is no operational compromise we’ve had to make, in fact, they’re better for our purposes than the previous vehicles.”

One vehicle is for the university’s Print Services team, one for its postal team and two for its maintenance team.

On an average day, each vehicle will cover 10-20 miles stopping off at as many as 20 buildings for collections and deliveries.

The University of Bristol has four charging points, one for each van. Three are located next to its Estates Office at Old Park Hill and one is located at Senate House where the post team are based.

Kate Hancock, Nissan Business Specialist at Wessex Garages on Hayes Way, said: “We have worked extremely hard over the past year informing businesses in Bristol of the benefits of turning to an electric vehicle. It is fantastic that the University of Bristol has taken the step to have an environmentally-friendly sustainable fleet. We hope more businesses in the city will follow in their tyre treads.”

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