Electric Cars Powering Sustainable Travel Initiative at Robert Gordon University

Electric Cars Powering Sustainable Travel Initiative at Robert Gordon University

A range of electric fleet vehicles now power Robert Gordon University's low-carbon initiative, helping to reduce carbon emissions, promote sustainable travel, and decrease the costs of staff transportation.

The initiative, supported by Aberdeen City Council's Powering Aberdeen programme, and funded by Transport Scotland through the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland programme, provides two new Renault ZOEs and a Nissan eNV-200, expanding the existing Robert Gordon University (RGU) fleet to include four electric vehicles.

One of the vehicles will be based at the existing charging point between the Faculty of Health and Social Care and RGU SPORT, while the other will be situated at a new charging point in the Garthdee House car park.

The addition of the new vehicles will reduce staff travel costs, and offer more sustainable travel options for RGU staff, demonstrates a shared commitment to providing low-emission, low-cost transport in Aberdeen.

RGU's principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, encourages staff members to use the new cars whenever possible: "Our new partnership with Co-wheels is a significant step in our continuing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and staff travel costs."

"The new electric vehicles are a welcome addition to our pool car fleet, and give us a new mode of sustainable travel for staff to use when the need arises."

Councillor Jean Morrison, spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council's Powering Aberdeen programme, added: "In playing a collaborative role in projects such as this new partnership, our Powering Aberdeen programme can help to encourage a new city-wide public-private sector approach to reducing our carbon footprint, and to drive forward plans for Aberdeen to become a leading sustainable economy in the UK."

"This in turn will pay dividends for all sectors, as inward investment grows and Aberdeen is recognised as being a smart, green energy city."

Co-wheels' Regional Manager for Scotland, Tony Archer, reaffirmed the significance of RGU's further investment in sustainable travel: "By implementing these two electric vehicles for staff, RGU is flying the flag for more sustainable travel within the higher education sector, and for organisations in Aberdeen."

"Replacing staff business miles in their own cars with access to the car club has proven benefits for the local environment, staff health, and bottom line, and we're very pleased to be providing this service for the university."

With the addition of these new electric cars at RGU, there are now even more electric and low-emission vehicles available across Aberdeen and Scotland, with more than 50% of the Co-wheels fleet in Scotland consisting of electric and hybrid vehicles, and 75 electric vehicles available to hire in 20 locations across the UK.

Partnerships with many local authorities and universities such as RGU have allowed Co-wheels to reduce grey fleet costs, emissions, and mileage in a range of locations across the UK.

Alan Simpson, Planner at Aberdeen City Council, said: "Having a car club in Aberdeen has brought a really beneficial service to Aberdeen City Council, and to the city more widely."

"With a willing operator in Co-wheels that is committed to using low-carbon vehicles and prepared to support wider Council and government projects and innovations, that service has been able to realise its full potential, and bring real value to users."

 Co-wheels has grown to provide more than 35 pay-as-you-go vehicles across Aberdeen, and continues to reinvest profits into the service to create further sustainable travel options across Scotland and the UK.