Transport Scotland grant boosts ANGUSalive’s ‘switched-on’ EV fleet

ANGUSalive has received Transport Scotland funding to support the charity in its ambitions to reduce its carbon footprint and make fuel and mileage cost savings.

Transport Scotland awarded ANGUSalive £31,453.92 in funding to enable the charity to lease ultra-low emission vehicles as part of the government’s Switched-on Fleets initiative.

The funding has assisted the charity in leasing three new electric vehicles procured through a national vehicle procurement framework.

The vehicles will join ANGUSalive’s existing electric vehicle fleet which includes two electric vans and a Nissan Leaf EV car (another Nissan Leaf was recently returned to the dealer in January). The new additions are small and compact BMW i3 vehicles which offer a distance range between charges of around 182 miles.

Iain Stevens, ANGUSalive’s Senior Manager for Business Management and Development explains more about the new EV cars. He said: “These new electric cars will strengthen our existing low emission vehicle fleet which is used by colleagues right across ANGUSalive.

“Having an EV fleet saves us considerable sums on staff mileage claims as well as reducing the need to use petrol and diesel fuel. To give you an idea of the savings, our EV fleet since their introduction have covered a distance of over 34,000 miles and saved the charity over £15,000 in mileage claims.

“These new EV models offer the best value in terms of monthly cost to ANGUSalive. As with any lease vehicle, the monthly cost is worked out on the re-sale value once the car is returned to the dealer after three years.

“It’s fantastic to have been granted this funding from Transport Scotland to enable us to lease these electric cars. The funding will help us in our aim to reduce our carbon footprint as well as support the Scottish Government’s ambition to phase out the need for new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2032.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“I’m pleased that we have been able to support ANGUSalive in making the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles through our Switched-on Fleets initiative.

“This activity supports our bold ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by across Scotland by 2032 and across our public sector fleet by 2030.”

Parks Motor Group were appointed to provide the vehicle through Lex Autolease who were awarded the framework by ANGUSalive in a national procurement process.

Parks Motor Group also supported ANGUSalive to brand the vehicles at no extra cost which will help the charity to continue to raise its profile within the local community as they are driven around the county.

Our EV cars will be based at Forfar, Arbroath Sports Centre and Monikie Country Park to ensure they are accessible to all ANGUSalive employees.

Regular reports on travel claims are produced to ensure potential efficiencies and savings are achieved.