Honour for college electric car expert

Edinburgh College resident electric vehicle expert Robert Murphy is among CEOs of major car firms and energy companies after appearing 53rd on GreenFleet’s list of the 100 most influential people.

GreenFleet, a publication dedicated to environmental fleet motoring and low emissions fleet technology, published the list in its celebratory 100th issue of the magazine.

Electric vehicle administrator Robert operates the college’s fleet of 14 electric vehicles to provide staff with sustainable, low-carbon transport options for cross-campus and corporate travel.

He is among good company on the list which includes Phillip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer) for his plans to invest in ultra-low emission vehicles and renewable fuels, Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) for his plans to improve air pollution in London including bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zones and CEOs of car companies including Volkswagen, Mitsubishi Motors and BMW Group.

Robert, who also won the GreenFleet Award for Public Sector Fleet Manager in 2015, said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be recognised by GreenFleet and listed among electric vehicle visionaries like Elon Musk (Founder & CEO of Tesla Motors) and Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO, Renault, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance). From our grassroots work through to global impact, everyone on the list has worked to accelerate the uptake of greener transport and help protect our environment. I’m very happy and proud to be a part of making it happen.”

Ross Milligan, curriculum manager for Engineering and electric vehicle project manager at Edinburgh College, said: “This is a magnificent achievement by Robert. Introducing electric vehicles at Edinburgh College in 2012 was a sector-leading decision and a first of its kind in Scotland.

“The electric vehicle market is still in its infancy when compared with conventional vehicles, with only just over 1.5% of all vehicles sold within the UK being electric. But Edinburgh College has a proven track record of being at the forefront of this sustainable mobility initiative and we look forward to contributing towards further developments in the sector.”