East Devon District Council is working to reduce its carbon emissions year on year, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. As part of this mission, the council’s Streetscene team has been working with Elmtronics to make sure its new fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) are powered up and ready to keep East Devon clean.
Nick Christo is Operations Manager for the Streetscene team at East Devon District Council, which is responsible for the council’s largest fleet of vehicles – the vans which are used daily to keep East Devon’s streets, parks and public areas clean.
In 2020, East Devon became one of the first councils in the country to trial specially-modified electric vans in its street-cleaning fleet, complete with a custom-made caged tipping body.
To power this transition to greener cleaning, Nick worked with Elmtronics to install charge points for the new Nissan e-NV200s, which now make up 25% of his fleet.
“A couple of factors made us choose Elmtronics to power our new vehicles. We needed good charging capabilities that were future-proofed, with the ability to expand as we grow our electric fleet. And it was also important to us to have a back-office system that gave us analytics across our depots, and Elmtronics could support us with all of this.” – Nick Cristo, Operations Manager at East Devon District Council
East Devon’s new electric vehicles now charge overnight from four dual smart charge points at depots in Exmouth and Sidmouth, before heading out each day.
Load balancing technology divides the available power between the vehicles, and Elmtronics’ Hubsta software provides data on usage.
“Our next step is to use the data from Hubsta to look at our vehicle usage and how much carbon we have offset by going electric. It will also help us to plan to expand our electric fleet even more. The process has been very straightforward and there’s always been support from Elmtronics at the end of the phone when we’ve needed it.” – Nick Christo
Elmtronics has also upgraded charge points at East Devon Council’s head office in Honiton for staff and visitors, helping other teams across the council to make the move to electric vehicles as well.
“Having worked in the commercial vehicle fleet sector for a long time, it was inspiring to witness this innovative adaptation to an already popular EV. The team at East Devon Council made sure there was a vehicle fit for purpose, accelerating their fleet transition and keeping them on track to meet their objectives. I was delighted to work with such a forward-thinking team, and can’t wait to see other councils following suit.” – Natasha Fry, Associate Consultant at Elmtronics