We have helped a Community Meals service in Torfaen provide a lifeline for hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people across south-east Wales. Our Hadfield Road dealership has supplied five of the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to Torfaen County Borough Council's Community Meals service.
Alec Travillian, our Electrical Vehicle Specialist, said: “We're delighted Torfaen County Borough Council has taken delivery of five electric vans. Electric vehicles have grown in popularity as more people and businesses find them a viable option. The Nissan e-NV200 is the most economical, commercial vehicle ever produced. It has been designed to be quiet, quick, comfortable, clean and cost-efficient for businesses.
“The vans will be used to deliver hot meals, desserts and tea trays to around 175 residents across an area of 126km 2 every day.
“The vehicles replaced a fleet of aging Citroen diesels and will help the council save around £8,000 per year on fuel. This will relieve pressure on the tight Community Meals budget and will make a major contribution towards the borough's carbon reduction targets."
The council also expects to make significant maintenance savings, with the simplicity of the e-NV200's all-electric drivetrain making burnt out clutches and malfunctioning starter motors - common issues with standard multi-drop delivery vans – a thing of the past.
Councillor Anthony Hunt, Deputy Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, said: “These vans offer a win-win situation for the council.
“Firstly, we expect to make fuel savings of around £8,000 per vehicle, per year which is a major benefit for the residents of Torfaen at a time when budgets are tight.
“Secondly the vehicles will have a significant impact as we look to reduce our carbon emissions and improve air quality in the county."
Launched last year, the Nissan e-NV200 combines the NV200 - a former International Van of the Year - with the proven technology of the record breaking Nissan LEAF, the world's bestselling electric car.
A video about Torfaen Community Meals Service's use of the Nissan e-NV200 can be viewed here.
For more information, please call our dealership on Hadfield Road in Cardiff on 02921 677 581.
Photograph caption: One ofTorfaen County Borough Council’s Nissan e-NV200 it uses for its Community Meals service.