North East Ambulance Service adds Nissan LEAF pool cars to fleet
The vehicles replace five conventionally powered models, and will be supported by a network of nine charging points across the region, the first UK installations by Dutch company ICU.
Clare Swift, environment and sustainability manager, North East Ambulance Service, said: “The uptake of electric vehicles was vital for the Ambulance Service. We aim to be proactive in promoting a cleaner environment and the use of electric vehicles also enables us to save money on high fuel costs.
“Elm EV provided the service with a full EV charging infrastructure report, which included smart and reliable equipment at a competitive price.”
The ICU EVe charging points are said to be the only units available in the UK which offer technology for smart charging – which means they can intelligently manage energy usage at times of peak demand to avoid overloading the grid.
Alex Earl, ICU UK country manager said, “Having produced over 15,000 charge points for the mainland European market, ICU is very excited to have made a start now in the UK. Our success has been built on producing high quality, reliable, intelligent charge points so it is crucial for us that we work with partners in the UK who share our values."