Road maintenance company Bear Scotland says it took delivery of six new electric vans. This brings the number of EVs in its Scottish fleet to thirteen. The Renault transporters will charge at company charge points in South-East Scotland.
Bear Scotland further suggests it has committed to increasing the number of fully electric vehicles in its South-East fleet to twenty by 2025. The existing thirteen electric vans to date make for ten per cent of the fleet at present.
The company has already installed twenty new charging points at its Scotland depots across the region and says it has another twelve planned for the “near future”.
Andy Thompson, Bear Scotland’s Operating Company Representative for South East Scotland, said: “We continue to work closely with partners and suppliers to trial new vehicles, and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making in increasing the availability of charging facilities in our depots.” He did not disclose which partners the company is working with.
“A challenge for the future is to move to electric power for larger vehicles, in particular those that need to operate reliably in extreme cold and winter weather,” Thompson added.
Bear Scotland took over responsibility for operation and maintenance of trunk roads in South East Scotland in August 2020 after being awarded Transport Scotland’s new operating contract.