Press release from Wolverhampton Homes, dated 29 July 2021
Wolverhampton Homes is supporting the City’s green agenda with three new electric fleet vehicles. The Nissan ENV-200 vans were handed over to Wolverhampton Homes on Friday 23 July and will be used by the company’s Concierge and Systems Development and Support teams.
The move to electric comes after the government announced a climate change emergency in May 2019, with a further commitment to slash carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. The City of Wolverhampton Council went a step further by pledging to make the local authority carbon-neutral by 2028.
Wolverhampton Homes, which manages around 22,000 homes on behalf of the council, is playing its part with the development of its own carbon reduction strategy, which addresses company emissions, including those produced by its fleet.
Ian Gardner, Wolverhampton Homes’ Assistant Director of Property Services said:
“This is a fantastic step forward for Wolverhampton Homes and paves the way for things to come. Our teams cover the entire city and use their vans to travel between homes and offices. Electric vehicles produce far fewer emissions which are ultimately harmful to our environment.
“Following a report by the Energy Saving Trust in June 2021, which confirmed the benefit of electric vehicles to Wolverhampton Homes and our customers, we have plans to replace a further 34 vans with electric vehicles by the end of next year.”
Angela Davies, council tenant and Chair of Wolverhampton Homes’ Board said:
“I’m so pleased that Wolverhampton Homes is continuing with its commitment to helping make Wolverhampton a green city. The vans, which look great, feature the ‘Green City’ logo, which we hope will encourage other businesses across the city to consider going green for the good of the environment and our communities.”
Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said:
“The delivery of these new electric vehicles is a fantastic moment – both for Wolverhampton Homes and for us as a city.
“They will be crucial in helping to improve local air quality, as electric vehicles such as these produce significantly fewer carbon emissions during their life cycle than conventional petrol or diesels. They will also help reduce noise on our roads, benefit public health and support us in our commitment to make City of Wolverhampton Council carbon-neutral by 2028.
“In addition, by 2030, the government is looking to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles and the city needs to be ready. We’ve worked closely with Black Country partners to develop an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Vision and Strategy to increase the use of plug-in vehicles and prepare Wolverhampton for this ban.”