Suppliers of integrated community equipment services (ICES), technology enabled care services (TECS), wheelchair services and clinical services to local authorities and the NHS across the UK, NRS Healthcare have introduced their first electric delivery van.
The fully electric vehicle will form part of the fleet of 421 vans across the UK, and will be used exclusively in their West Sussex TECS contract to help people in the local community.
David Straughan, National Care Managing Director at NRS Healthcare, said: “We already have a strong plan which is reducing our carbon footprint year on year, so we are well on the way for our fleet to be carbon neutral within the next few years. The introduction of this vehicle is an important step in our plan to reduce our carbon footprint.
“There will be close monitoring of how the vehicle works in our Technology Enabled Care Service to see how they may work in our other contracts across the country.
“We are looking forward to hearing from our drivers their experience of using the van, as well as feedback from the commissioners of our service, the prescribers we work with and the people of West Sussex.”
West Sussex County Council has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030. The success of this initial introduction will be closely monitored to see how similar vehicles can operate in other contracts.
It represents a significant investment from the healthcare provider with the installation of an electric charging point at the service centre in Worthing and a rescheduling of the standard vehicle routes to allow for recharging when required.