Po­lice and col­lege charge ahead with car share

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In the first scheme of its kind, Argyll Col­lege is to share an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly elec­tric car with Po­lice Scot­land in Lochgilp­head.

Argyll Col­lege UHI has added two new Nis­san Leaf elec­tric ve­hi­cles to its fleet of eight col­lege cars as part of a long-term com­mit­ment to re­duce the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

The idea came about when both the col­lege and Po­lice Scot­land iden­ti­fied a need for a ve­hi­cle in Mid Argyll. At that point, Argyll and Bute Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship sug­gested a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach.

The lease cost of the ve­hi­cles is 100 per cent funded by Trans­port Scot­land’s Switched on Fleets fund­ing, and es­ti­mates sug­gest an an­nual fuel sav­ing in ex­cess of £1,000 per car.

Cost sav­ings are not the only ben­e­fit, though, as the ve­hi­cles have no tailpipe emis­sions of CO2, or detri­men­tal air pol­lu­tants such as par­tic­u­late mat­ter and NOx.

The Bri­tish-built new Nis­san Leaf has won Best Elec­tric Car at the WhatCar? 2018 awards.

In­spec­tor Julie McLeish of Lochgilp­head po­lice of­fice said: ‘We are de­lighted to be work­ing in con­junc­tion with Argyll Col­lege UHI to not only re­duce the car­bon foot­print of our or­gan­i­sa­tion but, in an innovative and col­lab­o­ra­tive way, to max­imise the ef­fec­tive­ness of Trans­port Scot­land’s grant fund­ing.’

One of the new en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cars – with a range of over 150 miles – will based at Lochgilp­head and used by staff from both or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Po­lice Scot­land will utilise the shared ve­hi­cle for a va­ri­ety of non-emer­gency func­tions and col­lege staff will use the ve­hi­cle to travel be­tween the Argyll Col­lege UHI’s 10 learn­ing cen­tres.

Col­lege fi­nance di­rec­tor Ailsa Close said: ‘The En­ergy Sav­ings Trust pro­vided ad­vice and as­sis­tance which en­abled us to ac­cess fund­ing through Trans­port Scot­land’s Switched on Fleets ini­tia­tive and we es­ti­mate that we’ll save ap­prox­i­mately £1,600 per year for each ve­hi­cle.

‘This al­lows us to en­sure our fi­nan­cial fo­cus re­mains on the pro­vi­sion of stu­dent ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.’

Elaine Clark, Argyll Col­lege UHI head of prop­erty, said: ‘We have a long-stand­ing ethos of pro­mot­ing green tech­nolo­gies and we gen­er­ate a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of our an­nual elec­tric­ity needs our­selves with so­lar pan­els in our Oban, Lochgilp­head and Dunoon cen­tres.

‘With the grow­ing net­work of charg­ing points through­out Argyll, in­vest­ing in elec­tric ve­hi­cles makes sense for us.’

In­spec­tor Julie McLeish and Sergeant Iain MacNi­col of Po­lice Scot­land with Argyll Col­lege Lochgilp­head cen­tre man­ager Jackie Macpher­son.

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