Force to be reckoned with as cars go green

L-R Clare Swift, sustainable development advisor at Northumbria Police; Keith Wilson, fleet manager at Northumbria Police; and Josey Wardle, project manager, Charge your Car.
L-R Clare Swift, sustainable development advisor at Northumbria Police; Keith Wilson, fleet manager at Northumbria Police; and Josey Wardle, project manager, Charge your Car.
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A POLICE force has proved it is switched on when it comes to using electric vehicles after installing a number of new points.

Northumbria Police has installed the new charging points across its properties after securing grant funding.

Six points have been installed at sites including Bedlington police station as part of the Change your Car programme.

The force has installed the charging points in a bid to prepare itself for an expected surge in electric vehicle sales over the coming years and to reflect its own commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Claire Swift, sustainable development adviser for the force, said: “We strive to cut fleet emissions for both financial and environmental efficiencies, and in the long term, we hope that the introduction of electric vehicles will play a part in achieving our goal.

“It made sense that if electric cars are going to be eventually included in the fleet, once a suitable vehicle becomes available and is approved nationally, that we put in place the necessary infrastructure to future-proof ourselves.

“In addition, we’re now in a position to offer electric-charging facilities to visitors who require them at our strategic locations.”

Charge your Car has already overseen the installation of almost 400 charging points in key locations, making significant progress towards its bid to install 1,000 charging points by April next year.

Josey Wardle, project manager for Charge your Car, added: “We are delighted that Northumbria Police has recognised the benefits of investing in charging posts in preparation for the introduction of electric vehicles to its fleet in the long term.

“We hope that this will inspire other police forces in the region.”

The North East Charge your Car project was launched in early 2010 after north east England was named as one of the first three areas to put in place a comprehensive Electric Vehicle infrastructure and was given funding to support the installation of charging posts in car parks, on streets, at residential and commercial locations.

Grants are available for any organisation wishing to have a charging point installed on their premises.

For further information on the funding available visit www.leadthecharge.org.uk or call the Charge your Car team on (0191) 490 2474.