The supply of four rapid Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points by leading electric vehicle charging technology company Franklin Energy at Salford City Council’s headquarters has resulted in savings of £400,000 in the first 18 months.
The units have been utilised by users of the ‘Co-Wheels car club’, as part of a scheme that has seen the local authority save costs and improve local air quality.
Rather than council staff using their own vehicles and claiming back business mileage costs, a pool of Co-Wheels cars have been made available. The vehicles have also been available to hire by members of the public in the evenings, with plans to expand the scheme through the provision of EV vehicles across Manchester available 24 hours a day.
With the ability to charge an EV from 0-80% in around 30 minutes, the rapid points help keep the pool of vehicles readily available for council staff. Salford City Council’s has recently extended their EV programme with the introduction of on-site chargers.
Councillor Roger Jones, Executive support for transport at Salford City Council commented: “It is great news that there are even more green travel options in this city. The expansion of the scheme will bring benefits for residents and help to provide even more convenient, low cost and low carbon transport options. It will also mean that people do not have to own a car but still have the luxury of using one when they need to.”
Robert Byrne, Managing Director at Franklin Energy added: “Public sector organisations and most notably councils, are increasingly exploring new ways of enhancing their green credentials, reducing their emissions output and challenging expected norms through behavioural change.
“In this instance Salford undoubtedly recognises where the future of motoring lies and is encouraging staff to get on board at an early stage. By operating an EV pool fleet, council staff members will become familiar with the concept as it increasingly considered a typical form of transport. Salford has realised major savings already highlighting what can be achieved when applying an innovative and forward-thinking approach to major areas such as transport.”