A Liverpool City Council team is causing a real buzz on the green scene after swapping its diesel-driven fleet of vans for cleaner electric vehicles.
pest control crew are out and about five days a week, visiting homes,
businesses and public buildings across the city to rid them of their rodent
problems or insect infestations.
In their four-strong fleet of vans, the team clocks up about 800 miles each week. Now, thanks to a partnership with Renault UK, the team has swapped its old gas-guzzlers for clean new electric vans.
Mathew Kiziuk, Regional Development Manager for Electric Vehicles for Renault UK, said: “We are really proud that we have been able to work with the council to make sure all the conversions have been carried out and all the vehicles have been custom-built for the pest control team.
vehicles are clearly doing the job for the council. The feedback I have
received has been phenomenal. Electric vehicles are not something to be scared
of, you don’t need to be worried about them. The team isn’t going to be sat on
the side of the road having run out of electricity.”
pest control team make more than 8,000 calls a year. Each member of the team
can complete up to 20 calls in a single day and notch up 40 miles each.
new Kangoo vans have been custom-built so the council workers can get all their
bug-zapping gear in the back. They even contain a specially-concealed sink and
hygiene unit to allow team members to clean up between jobs.
With zero tailpipe emissions, the vans contain smaller-sized batteries meaning they use less precious metals. During the summer months they can notch up a nifty 125 miles on a single charge.
Pest Control Officer Ivan Jenkins said: “I have been really impressed with the new vans. They are clean and they are quiet, which is important when you are doing early morning rounds in different neighbourhoods. Because we do a lot of miles, they make the driving much easier.
“This is our planet, this is our city and we need to make sure we are looking after it the best we can. We can’t ask people to drive electric vehicles if the local authority isn’t doing that as well. By using electric vehicles it shows everyone that we are making a change and others should follow suit. It is only going to benefit us, our children and their children. It is a positive step and the customers notice as well. Whenever I pull up to someone’s house and they see the sign on the side they want to ask me questions and know how many electric vehicles the council has got, so it makes me proud to know we are doing our bit and encouraging others.”
city council has a fleet of 200 cars, vans and mini-buses and has operated
low-carbon fuel-efficient vehicles for more than 10 years.
the Mayor of Liverpool’s commitment to improve air quality in 2017, the council
has increased the number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the fleet. In 2017,
70 per cent of the fleet was diesel – today this has fallen to just 39 per
cent. The authority will continue to boost this number over the next five
“Electric vehicles are also really cost-effective and there are considerable savings to be made, particularly on vehicles that do lots of miles each year. In the long-run it is our ambition to improve air quality and to save council tax payers’ money.
“The way these vans have been adapted to meet the specific needs of the pest control team is a real innovation and we look forward to introducing more electric vehicles to our fleet in the future.”