Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today launched the first of a series of electric car trials as part of his ambition for a greener force of the future.
The PCC has set aside funding in this year’s budget for electric cars to help the force become more environmentally-friendly and minimise its carbon footprint.
The force is now embarking on a series of trials to assess performance and determine how best electric cars can be used operationally.
Earlier today, the PCC and Inspector Paul Gummer went to inspect the first car to be considered: a BMW 13 electric car.
Paddy Tipping said: “We are always looking to the future and part of that is playing our part in protecting the environment for future generations. This is the first car to be trialed and there will be others in the coming weeks.
“The intention is to purchase two cars in this financial year and others will follow in next year.
“As part of our work to become a greener force, plans are progressing develop environmentally sustainable solutions for our buildings and the vehicle fleet which will help us reduce our carbon emissions. This includes the recent purchase of 16 Toyota Aygo’s to improve fuel efficiency and the current trials of electric vehicles.
“While we recognise the charging infrastructure is not yet fully in place for the force to move to electric vehicles across the board, we nevertheless accept that the industry is moving in this direction and need to determine how and where such vehicles could be advantageous operationally and environmentally.
“It is an exciting time for the force and I’m determined our estate and infrastructure will become more reflective of the global effort to fight climate change. These trials will give us more insight into the capabilities of going greener and ultimately demonstrate a low-carbon future is within the reach of all police forces.”
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “I am pleased we have had the opportunity to be able to trial this electric vehicle this week and we will now move forward with plans, working with the PCC, to bring the new vehicles into force at a suitable time. We are committed as a force, just like other forces nationally; to reducing our carbon footprint and this is clearly a step in the right direction bringing electric cars on board. We expect these vehicles will be used by local investigations teams rather than as response vehicles.”