Electric Vehicles Charge onto the Port of Southampton

August 8, 2017

A FLEET of 13 electric vehicles have been delivered to the Port of Southampton to replace diesel cars and vans currently used by the port.

Air quality in Southampton has become an issue and the main cause for failing to meet European air quality standards within the city is emissions from vehicles.

The new electric vehicles, supplied by Southampton based dealership West Way Nissan, will be used across the UK’s number one export port by ABP Southampton staff.

Director Alastair Welch, said: “As one of the city’s biggest employers and largest employment sites, we are keen to lead the way, where we can.

“The introduction of these vehicles to our fleet will not only contribute to improvements in local air quality but will also reduce running costs.

“We plan to monitor the performance of the vehicles going forward to allow us to track environmental improvements. I hope we are able to replace an increasing number of vehicles in our fleet with electric or hybrid equivalents in the coming years as the available technology develops.”

The 13 Nissan vehicles will be the first all-electric vehicles in the ABP fleet.

This initiative is one of a number the port is looking to roll out to further reduce the impact it has on the environment locally over the coming months.

Andrew Robinson, Southern Regional Business Manager at West Way Nissan Southampton, located on The Causeway, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to provide the Port of Southampton with these vehicles and help it on its journey to be more eco-friendly.

"By making steps such as these, Southampton will get on the road to becoming a healthier place for us all.”