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Health board invests in electric vehicles to keep planet healthy

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NHS Highland has added more electric vehicles to its fleet.

The health board has ordered for two Hyundai Ioniq hybrid cars and five Vauxhall Corsa EVs as it attempts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Five BMW i3 (Range Extender) electric cars and a number of Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans have been added to the fleet in the last year.

The electric vehicles will be deployed in the pool car fleet, resulting in a reduction on mileage expense claims for the use of non-company vehicles for business travel.

NHS Highland’s head of procurement and logistics Neil Stewart said: “We look forward to taking delivery of the new vehicles which have an excellent range. The Vauxhall Corsa EV range is over 200 miles and the Hyundai Ioniq hybrids can travel in excess of 30 miles on electric and switch between petrol and electric automatically.

“The cars are funded through a government initiative called Switched on Fleets, which supports organisations that intend to replace fossil fuelled vehicles. We consider the cars to be a long-term investment which will make savings for the health board, not to mention the numerous environmental advantages of using electric vehicles.”

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