Scotland’s biggest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is trialling three electric vehicles over the coming months as part of a long-term plan to make our commercial transport fleet more eco-friendly.
We have collected the keys to three demonstrator electric vehicles and staff are now trialling them to test their suitability. The trial is part of an overall approach to move to low emissions vehicles across the Board’s vehicle fleet which has already reduced the maximum emission levels allowed for our lease car fleet.
Announced during Climate Week, NHSGGC’s Head of Procurement Gordon Beattie, explained: “Electric vehicles are very suitable for our city centre areas when vehicles are used over shorter distances during the day.
“They produce zero emissions which is good news in our heavily congested city centre areas.
“Our fleet has a range of vehicles which operate within city centre areas, not likely to exceed 50 miles per day, making them ideal for possible replacement by electric models.
“They are not only better for the planet but also healthier for the population because traffic emissions produce pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter produced from transport emissions has been linked with health conditions including respiratory problems.”
NHSGGC has committed itself to become more eco-smart and to reduce its carbon footprint across the Board.
Gordon added: “If the trials are successful you can expect many more electric vehicles coming to a hospital near you.”
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