Unison back City Council initiative

Unison backs city’s electric vehicle fleet

Public services union, Unison has thrown its support behind Swansea Council’s fleet of electric vehicles.

The Council took delivery of the 40 electric Peugeot vans in May 2018 and are being used for a range of services carried out in the city.

Unison has now entered into a sponsorship deal with the Council, adding its logo to the side of the vehicles.

David White, Environmental Champion and Chair of Swansea Unison, said: “We very much welcome the Council’s initiative to use electric vehicles amongst their fleet, as this will offer opportunities to make savings on fuel and take advantage of much lower running costs.

“This will also reduce the carbon foot print within the council and the local community, which can only result in Swansea becoming a better place to work and live.”

The new fleet is also in addition to ten electric pool-cars which the Council purchased previously and illustrates the organisations’ commitment to lowering its carbon footprint.

Labour councillor Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: “Technology has improved significantly in recent years, enabling us to enter into an agreement with a vehicle manufacturer that can provide us with a fleet of 100% electric vehicles.  This means we can continue serving residents in the city and be much kinder on the environment.

“We should all be concerned with making Swansea a greener, more sustainable and more environmentally aware city for our children and generations to come. With the Welsh Government having set an 80% greenhouse gas emission target, it’s pleasing to see Swansea Council setting the right example.”

Labour councillor Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, added: “The impact of vehicle emissions on our local communities is something we are more than aware of and are continuing to look at new and innovative transport methods to improve air quality for everyone.

“If we want to encourage residents to be more mindful of the effects their own vehicles have on our local environment, then it’s right that we look at our own fleet and do something about it.”

If your business would like to advertise on Swansea Councils fleet vehicles, we have vehicles that circulate the city seven days a week, servicing your community. Call the Commercial Team on: 01792 633808

 

 

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  1. Wyn Davies
    Wyn Davies says:

    I believe Councils should enable the use of these chargers for staff and visitors to encourage further use of electric vehicles?
    Chargers should be installed initially where they will be used most frequent; home charging is top of the list, work place charging is second.

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