WORKERS nipping around the dockyard will be able to do so with fewer worries about their carbon footprint as a fleet of all-electric vehicles has been introduced.
The 48 all-electric Nissan e-NV200s – a white van – arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base earlier this week.
The electric vehicles were ordered by BAE Systems on behalf of the Naval Base Commander Commodore Jeremy Rigby as part of his commitment to investing in green energy on the naval base.
And he was there to take delivery of the new vehicles.
Cdre Rigby said: ‘I am very pleased to welcome the addition of these 48 electrical cars to our fleet in the naval base. It’s great for the Royal Navy, great for Portsmouth and great for the environment.’
The vehicles will be used by BAE Systems’ personnel to transfer stores, engineering and load-lifting equipment from warehouses within the naval base.
The all-electric Nissan vans will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the naval base’s vehicle fleet by about 40 per cent.
Ian Anderton, integrated delivery director at BAE Systems, said: ‘We have worked closely with Lex Autolease and Nissan to introduce this new fleet that makes a significant reduction to carbon dioxide emissions and respects ours customer’s need for value for money.
‘Replacing nearly half of the transport fleet at the naval base reiterates the company’s commitment to creating more energy-efficient ways of working and adopting the latest technologies.’
Tim Porter, managing director of Lex Autolease said: ‘We are extremely pleased to deliver a solution that suited the needs of both BAE Systems and the naval base.’
The agreement, which also includes 59 standard diesel vehicles, will save the Ministry of Defence (MoD) an estimated £360,000 in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract, which runs for two years with an option to extend into a third.
To support the new electric fleet and as part of BAE Systems’ commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the naval base, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.
BAE Systems has already introduced a range of cost-effective, energy efficient measures at Portsmouth Naval Base such as the installation of solar panels, LED lighting in offices, LED street lighting, air-source heat pumps and intelligent control systems.