Labour-controlled Swansea Council has been shortlisted for two national awards in recognition of its electric van fleet.
As part of Swansea Labour’s policy of introducing greener transport, 40 fully electric vans were purchased by the council earlier in the year and are being used by a variety of services which require staff to travel across the city each day.
The first of the national awards is the Green Fleet Awardsto be held in Leeds on 22ndNovember, where the council is a finalist in the Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Medium to Large) category.
And the second is the What Van Awardsto be held in London on 13thDecember, where the council is a finalist in the Green Fleet of the Year category.
The Council teamed up with local Peugeot dealer C.E.M. Day’s who provided the fleet of vans which were launched in May this year.
Labour Cllr 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 now have the largest fleet of electric vehicles of any council in Wales and I’m delighted that we have been shortlisted for the two national awards.”
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “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.
“The introduction of our fleet of fully electric vehicles shows our commitment to using greener transport methods for our fleet.
“To be recognised and shortlisted for two industry awards is a great achievement in itself.”
The Council also confirmed it is aiming to improve the network of electric vehicle charging points across the city.
Cllr Lewis added: “Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly more popular with regular motorists. We want to ensure we can help increase the number of motorists opting to use electric vehicles. One of our aims is to improve the infrastructure of charging points in Swansea to provide extra opportunities for people to charge their vehicles on the go.”