Swansea Council has taken delivery of 40 Peugeot Partner Electric vans, making it the local authority with the largest plug-in fleet of LCVs in Wales.

The SE L1 models will be used predominantly by Swansea’s Corporate Building Services, Waste Management, Parks, Highways, Car Parks and Street Cleansing teams. 

The council has leased the vans on a five-year contract hire agreement from fleet management company Days Fleet in a deal that includes maintenance and breakdown cover.

The vans’ load bays are fitted with ply lining and some feature “Chapter 8” high-visibility markings on the rear doors, depending on allocated use. Local Peugeot dealer C.E.M. Day supplied the vans to Swansea Council. 

“Swansea Council consistently seeks to minimise the impact of its vehicle operations in what is a predominantly urban setting and had previously established the clear environmental benefits of electric vehicles with the adoption of 10 electric pool cars”, said Mark Barrow; fleet manager, Central Transport Unit at Swansea Council.

“An analysis of journeys and mileages clearly demonstrated their potential viability, whilst the preferred five-year lease equated to a budget neutral position that enabled us to achieve a much greener fleet.” 

Swansea Council said it chose the Partner Electric vans because of their suitability for short, local journeys. 

“The excellent support provided by Peugeot in terms of infrastructure development allowed the Council to install the necessary charge-points at all key municipal locations”, added Barrow.

“The establishment of this base-to-base charge-point network secured the opportunity to acquire the 40 vans.”

“The duty cycles of many of the Swansea Council van fleet are well suited to electric motoring and suggest many other local authorities could tap into similar cost saving and environmental benefits,” said Helen Lees, head of Electric Vehicles at Group PSA (Peugeot-Citroen),