SPT to pilot cleaner greener battery cars

SPT to pilot cleaner, greener battery cars

SPT is to be among the first transport organisations to pilot the use of electric cars.
The project, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Power, will see two battery-powered Peugeot ePartner vehicles in use by the spring.

Swapping diesel-fuelled cars for electric will help contribute to SPT's commitment to reduce our carbon emissions.

The electric cars, which are grant funded through the UK Government, have a battery range of between 80 and 100 miles.

They will be primarily used by SPT's bus team to inspect stops and update timetable information across the greater Glasgow area.

They will be based at SPT's Buchanan Bus Station, where two charging points have already been installed (pictured).

The three-year trial usage of the vehicles was detailed to SPT's Strategy & Programmes Committee on Friday, as part of a wider plan to upgrade the existing vehicle fleet at a cost of £163,000.

Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive, said: "SPT is always keen to find innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and also reduce our costs.

"Electric vehicles have the potential to be a serious alternative to traditional fuel-powered cars for local journeys and we are keen to see these battery-powered vehicles in action.
"If successful, they could prove to be a valuable addition to our fleet and a serious alternative to the diesel car that we can opt for in future."

The trial is part of the UK Government's Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme, a £25 million project funded by the Department of Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.

A total of 40 electric vehicles have been built by Allied Electric for Glasgow City Council to sub-let to partner organisations.

Others involved in the project include Dundee-based battery manufacturer Axeon, the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Enterprise.