Electric vans decision will pay off for trust

Michael Taylor, Northumbria Healthcare's hotel services manager, with two of the trust's all-electric Nissan vans.
Michael Taylor, Northumbria Healthcare's hotel services manager, with two of the trust's all-electric Nissan vans.

Purchasing some eco-friendly vehicles will enable a health organisation covering Northumberland and North Tyneside to make useful savings.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has added 13 of Nissan’s all-electric e-NV200 vans, which offer ultra-low running costs and zero emissions mobility, to its fleet.

It is using them to deliver health supplies and mail and collect samples across its hospital and community sites.

From initial data, it is expected that the vehicles will cut running costs by 80 per cent. This will enable several thousands of pounds to be put back into patient care and go towards developing health services.

It is also estimated that the vans will make a significant contribution to the organisation’s environmental commitment – reducing carbon emissions by around 59 tonnes per year.

The project has been so successful that the trust won the Sustainable Achievement Award at the prestigious Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management Awards. The honour recognises the body that has made the best use of innovative technology and sustainable practices to reduce its carbon footprint.

Northumbria Healthcare’s hotel services manager Michael Taylor, who has responsibility for the fleet, said: “We needed to make the service more efficient, while being more environmentally friendly, so we approached Nissan and put the e-NV200 on trial. The results were so positive that we decided to add 13 to our fleet.

“We’re delighted that what we’ve done has been recognised on the national stage.”