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24 October 2011 | PR 11/133

Loughborough lowers road emissions with electric trucks

Electric Trucks

Loughborough University is lowering its road vehicle emissions and improving campus sustainability after investing in two new electric trucks.

The utility vehicles, which were jointly purchased by Facilities Management and imago Services and are used by a variety of departments on campus, can travel up to 50 miles on a single battery charge, and can carry 500kg and tow up to 2,000kg.

One truck is fitted with a high mesh cage for waste collection, while the other has a fully enclosed van box body. The vehicles are used by the maintenance and imago Services teams across Loughborough’s 437 acre, single site campus. Typical jobs include the collection of waste and recycling, and transporting goods and equipment for the hundreds of conferences and events hosted on campus each year.

The University has also recently retired seven of its standard fleet vehicles as part of its sustainability strategy.

Clive Douthwaite, Logistics Manager for Loughborough University, said:

“Environmental responsibility is very important to us, so we were determined to reduce emissions from our vehicle fleet.

“The trucks have already been put to good use, including supporting conferences and events and our graduation days; and they are regularly used by grounds and gardens team, and to transport equipment, goods and mail.

"Staff have been really impressed with the functionality of these vehicles.”

The vans, supplied by epower Trucks, use around 4p per mile in electricity; a saving of up to 80% compared to a diesel van. The simplicity of the electric motor means that maintenance requirements - and costs - are also a lot lower than on a diesel vehicle. Even when powered by National Grid electricity, the Alke ATX 200E still reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

ePower Trucks is the UK’s leading supplier of low-cost, road-legal electric vehicles.

Jerry Hanss, Managing Director of ePower Trucks, said:

“Electric trucks are ideal for working in large campus environments - and in fact are far better suited to the stop-start nature of this maintenance work than a diesel-powered vehicle, which is designed for long distance driving.

“In these environs, our electric vehicles deliver substantial whole life cost savings as well improving air quality and lowering carbon emissions from fleets.”

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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