Earlier this year, the transport and logistics department acquired two fully electric-powered Toyota Pro Ace vans replacing two of the existing fleet and have installed a new charging point at their base in Preston. The aim is to extend the infrastructure and exchange more vehicles in the future.
The department is in charge of transporting, amongst other things, mail, bloods , PPE and specimens for NWAS and other NHS partners. Currently, around 10% of the team’s mileage is delivered by electric vehicles and is growing month by month.
Jon Makin, Head of Fleet and Logistics, says, “We want the department to lead by example in green miles. We are moving towards a fully electric fleet of 15 logistic vehicles that will operate across the North West, which also involves installing the charging points and infrastructure to support them. We hope this can happen over the next few years
“We are making great strides towards a green future for our vehicles. We are already using dozens of electric cars as paramedic response vehicles, and we continue to work in partnership with other trusts to find an alternative for our frontline ambulances and PTS fleet.”