Swansea Council has taken delivery of 40 Peugeot Partner Electric SE L1 vans, making Swansea the local authority with the largest electric van fleet in Wales. The order is also one of the largest single orders from a local authority for electric vehicles. The Partner Electric vans will be used predominantly by Swansea’s Corporate Building Services, Waste Management, Parks, Highways, Car Parks and Street Cleansing teams.
The vehicles have been supplied through local Peugeot dealer C.E.M. Day, on a five-year contract hire agreement, including maintenance and breakdown cover from local independent vehicle leasing, contract hire and fleet management company Days Fleet. The vans are all fitted with ply lining and some feature “Chapter 8” markings on the rear doors, depending on allocated use.
“Swansea Council consistently seeks to minimise the impact of its vehicle operations in what is a predominantly urban setting and had previously established the clear environmental benefits of electric vehicles with the adoption of 10 electric pool cars, which remain on the fleet”, says Mark Barrow; Fleet Manager, Central Transport Unit at Swansea Council, “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.”
Swansea Council chose the Peugeot Partner Electric because the requirement for its small vans is predominantly for use on short, local journeys.
“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”, says Mark Barrow, “The establishment of this base-to-base charge-point network secured the opportunity to acquire the 40 vans.” The existing EV support relationship with C.E.M. Day, established with the pool car EV fleet, provided another key determining factor in the adoption of the Partner Electric vans.
“The order for the Peugeot Partner Electric vans from Swansea Council builds on the relationship that has been established with the Council as a Peugeot customer”, says Neil Vaughan, Marketing Manager at Days Fleet, “The decision to choose the Partner Electric, supplied through C.E.M. Day was made after careful consideration and analysis of the available alternatives.”
“The duty cycles of the Swansea Council Partner Electric vans show that many local authorities could tap into the cost saving and environmental benefits of electric vehicles for their fleets”, says Helen Lees, Head of Electric Vehicles at PSA Group, ”We are delighted to have helped them bring together the right vehicles and charging infrastructure to assist them in reducing the impact of their vehicle operations.”