Bespoke electric vehicle for mail deliveries on University Campus
By Peter Driver
The Estates Services department at University of Wales Swansea has recently taken delivery of a bespoke electric vehicle for mail deliveries around the Singleton Park campus.
The Cushman Diabline van, manufactured by Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd of Ipswich, has been sourced and supplied through Birds Vehicle Solutions of Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan and has been adapted specifically for use by the mailroom at the university.
Due to the undulating nature of the campus complex it has been fitted with a high ratio rear axle to aid its hill climbing ability and a Fast Charger which in just three hours will charge the batteries to 80% of their full capacity.
Ian McPherson, Assistant Deputy Director of Estates commented,
"The University's environmental policy seeks solutions to environmental issues by adopting sound principles and best practice relating to sustainable development. We are committed to integrating environmental management policies and practices into every level and every department of the University.
"In order to achieve this we aim to reduce the use of fossil fuels through improvements to energy efficiency and the substitution with renewable energy sources. The purchase of the Cushman Diabline dovetails neatly into this policy. It has been registered for road use, but because it's electric powered it requires no Road Tax or MOT."