Electrifying the fleet; a work in progress at Sussex Partnership

At Sussex Partnership we are working hard to develop our care to reduce carbon emissions, through our Care Without Carbon programme. One way we can do this is through changing the way we travel and electrifying our fleet.

Electrifying the fleet; a work in progress at Sussex Partnership

Replacing vehicles as we go to create a greener transport fleet

Sussex Partnership  are delivering a programme of work called Care Without Carbon to reduce the carbon emissions and impact on the environment of healthcare delivery. All aspects of the delivery of care, both clinical and non-clinical are addressed through this programme.

One way to make a positive difference to  carbon emissions is in how we choose to travel. As such, the Trust are investing in electrifying the Trust fleet. This will be a gradual process of replacement of existing vehicles in tandem with investing in charging infrastructure.

In September Sussex Partnership were able to replace a patient transport vehicle at Amberstone with an electric van. The Vauxhall Vivaro E-Life can carry up to 8 patients and covers average journeys of around 30 miles (although it can comfortably cover a range over 100 miles if needed).

The Vivaro takes between 4 and 8 hours to charge, so  can be charged overnight for use each day. Feedback has been positive with one member of staff sharing, “It was great to have the knowledge that this was available during the recent difficulties getting fuel. It’s easy to charge and we haven’t had any problems”

Compared to the previous vehicle, the new electric van saves around 1 tonne of CO2 per year based on a saving of around 4kg CO2 per average journey of 30 miles.

In addition to changing the Trust fleet, Sussex Partnership has also seen a growing uptake of electric lease cars through its lease car scheme which is really encouraging. While there is a carbon footprint to electricity, as we move towards more renewables across the National Grid, this will reduce significantly, helping to reduce the carbon emissions of  necessary travel in the delivery of care.