Norfolk Fire Service decreases fleet emissions with addition of Volt
The “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” (E-REV) technology in the Volt uses a 148bhp electric drive unit that powers the car’s wheels at all times and offers 25-50 miles of battery-powered electric driving. This is supported by a small 1.4-litre petrol-fuelled generator that extends the vehicle’s range to over 300 miles.
The vehicle’s environmental credentials have proved to be a big selling point for Norfolk Fire Service as it currently leads the national fire and rescue service work on climate change and environmental protection. It has also taken a stand to limit its own impact on the environment by reducing emissions, through measures including better insulation and building management systems and solar panels. With the help of these new updates, combined with an increase in staff awareness and changes Norfolk Fire Service has so far reduced carbon emissions by 37%, and business miles by 25%.
Chief fire officer, Nigel Williams said: ‘When looking forward for new ways to continue to decrease emissions the Volt came through our trials process with flying colours as the best next move we could make in terms of our fleet of emergency response cars. It has the carrying capacity and handling/performance characteristics we need for blue-light response, combined with energy bills that are a scale change from our current conventional vehicles, especially combined with our solar panels, which will provide much of the electrical charging for the Volt.’
Williams added: ‘The Volt is around 75% more efficient on emissions compared to our current benchmark and will more than double and possibly triple the mpg – making it a great step towards pushing our own targets for reducing our environmental impact.’