Transport Scotland has offered a grant for the public sector across the country to meet the initial cost of purchasing electric vehicles, leading to the four Scottish authorities investing in a total of 12 Nissan LEAFs.
The authorities are NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council, Perth & Kinross Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
NHS Tayside will be running two Nissan LEAFs for its health professionals. Sustainability Champion and Chairman of NHS Tayside Sandy Watson said: ‘Last year NHS Tayside spent over half a million pounds on fuel for its fleet of vehicles and money we save on fuel will could go towards other healthcare priorities.
‘The timely delivery of these two new electric vehicles will help towards reducing NHS Tayside’s emissions as they create less pollution than petrol or diesel powered cars, and are an environmentally-friendly alternative, as well as being cost-effective.’
Over in Dundee, employees at the City Council are now using four Nissan LEAFs which make up part of its car pool scheme.
Fraser Crichton, Dundee City Council’s Plant and Vehicle Officer, said: ‘We are constantly looking at different methods to reduce our carbon footprint and electric vehicles are a key focus for us.
‘The Nissan LEAF was the only car available that fitted our needs of an upmarket vehicle with boot space and the range to be able to get to Glasgow. I have driven the LEAF myself and have found it to be fantastic. It is excellent to drive and my colleagues and I have been very impressed by it.’
Twenty miles away in Perth & Kinross, the council has also added four Nissan LEAFs to its pool car fleet. Bill Morton, Perth & Kinross Council’s Fleet Manager, said: ‘The decision to invest in the Nissan LEAF has been crucial towards helping us meet our aims to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.’
Further south in Dumfries and Galloway, an additional two Nissan LEAFs have been added to the council’s pool car fleet. The council was the first in the UK to have a LEAF to its fleet last year and already has two charging points installed on its properties and is in the process of installing a further four.
In addition to these, the council has committed to install a further 10 public charging points across the city including one Rapid Charger, which can charge the LEAF’s battery up to 80 per cent capacity in less than 30 minutes.