Edinburgh College green fleet named UK’s best

Edinburgh College’s electric vehicle project has won the Green Fleet of the Year title at the UK-wide Business Car Magazine Awards.

The 15-strong fleet of electric vehicles was crowned the UK’s best at the awards, beating competition from four other nominees.

Electric fleet administrator Bob Murphy was at the awardsceremony at the Park Plaza London Riverbank Hotel to pick up the prize, the latest of several honours achieved by the fleet.

Bob, who also nominated in the Fleet Manager of the Yearcategory, said: “The award’s another great recognition of the EV work done by Edinburgh College and the staff who’ve taken to the cars. We were up against some big players in the category so to walk away with a win is really special. Personally, I’m honoured to have been shortlisted for Fleet Manager of the Year and would like to thank BusinessCar magazine for their recognition.”

The other nominees in the Green Fleet of the Year category were London Borough of Hackney, Swansea University, Absolutely Couriers and Bluecity, an electric car sharing scheme.

Edinburgh College has been operating a zero-emissions pool car fleet since 2012, with charge points at all campuses for staff, students and the public. Ten Nissan, Mitsubishi and BMW electric pool cars, plus four Nissan vans and an Allied Electric minibus, provide staff with a sustainable, low-carbon, low-cost transport option.
Since its launch, the electric fleet has saved the equivalent of 50 tonnes of CO2 emission as well as more than £100,000 in fuel costs. In total, the fleet has travelled 250,000 miles, with 45,200 trips and 9,300 bookings by the 600 staff members registered to use the vehicles.

The fleet has also received external recognition, including being shortlisted for the EUAC Green Gown awards in 2015. In addition, fleet manager Bob Murphy was named GreenFleet Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year 2015 and came in at number 53 in the 2016 GreenFleet list of the 100 most influential people within the green fleet industry.

The most recent additions to the fleet were two Nissan e-NV200 vans in March. These were supplied by Midlothian Nissan dealership Alex F Noble & Son in collaboration with Automotive Leasing, which is working for the Scottish government’s Switched On Fleets scheme.

Alex F Noble & Son not only have a strong partnership with the college through its fleet deals, but it also works with the college to provide work experience placements to exchange students as well as presenting an annual engineering scholarship award.

David Noble, dealer principal at Alex F Noble & Son Nissan, said: “Alex F Noble & Son has developed an excellent working partnership with Edinburgh College over the years and we’re delighted to see them winning this prestigious award.”