NHS Fife’s transport fleet goes green

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NHS Fife is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by introducing two new electric vans.

As part of the ongoing effort to minimise the organisations’ environmental impact, NHS Fife is participating in the “Switched on Fleets” initiative, which is run by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The scheme aims to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint by decreasing the number of fossil-fuelled vehicles within Scotland’s public sector fleets.

Through the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative, NHS Fife obtained grant funding towards the cost of leasing two Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vehicles. These small panel vans will operate out of Whyteman’s Brae and Lynebank Hospitals and will be used daily across the Health Board area. Each van has a range of over 100 miles and will be charged overnight from dedicated charging points on the respective sites.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the new electric vehicles are also significantly cheaper to run than their petrol or diesel equivalents. According to the Energy Savings Trust, the cost of running the average fossil-fuelled family car is around 16 pence per mile; an electric vehicle costs less than 3 pence per mile to run and is also exempt from road tax.

Jim Leiper, NHS Fife director of estates, facilities and capital services, said: “NHS Fife is committed to actively reducing its carbon footprint.

“Our staff are very much aware of NHS Fife’s responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of the organisation and these exciting additions to our transport fleet will not only support us in working towards this end but also allow us to deliver real cost savings which can then be reinvested in patient care.”