Swansea Council has taken delivery of 40 Partner Electric vans from Peugeot, making Swansea the local authority with the largest electric van fleet in Wales. The electric vehicles for council staff have been leased on a five-year contract.
The hire agreement from independent fleet management company Days Fleet includes service and maintenance. Swansea council staff will use the electric vans for various task such as maintaining gardens, parks and buildings or collecting waste.
The move has been carefully calculated. Mark Barrow, fleet manager at Swansea Council explains: “An analysis of journeys and mileages clearly demonstrated their potential viability, whilst the preferred five-year lease equated to a budget neutral position that enabled us to achieve a much greener fleet.”
Another reason why Swansea Council chose the Peugeot Partner Electric was the requirement for its small vans to be used predominantly on short, local journeys. While this makes them well suitable for electric vehicles, the deal also included charging infrastructure.
Barrow again: “The excellent support provided by Peugeot in terms of infrastructure development allowed the Council to install the necessary charge-points at all key municipal locations.”
Swansea Council is also a member of an electric car club in Wales.