Swansea City Council and Swansea University, together with support from the Welsh Government, are co-hosting GreenFleet Cymru in Swansea’s Guildhall on 27 June. As well as the opportunity to test drive electric and ultra low emission vehicles, delegates will learn about local and national efforts to decarbonise transport
Taking place on 27 June, GreenFleet Cymru will be held in Swansea, which is an exemplary city for green transport.
The event will allow fleet and transport managers to learn about the latest measures to decarbonise transport and improve air quality, as well as gain advice on making the transition to a cleaner fleet.
Delegates will also be able to get behind the wheels of some of the latest electric and ultra-low emission vehicles on the market.
An electric fleet
Electric vehicles are a familiar sight in Swansea after the council adopted 40 Peugeot Partner electric vans, making it the largest EV fleet in Wales.
Recognising this achievement, Swansea Council scooped the Public Sector Fleet of the Year award in November 2018.
In the previous year, Swansea University picked up the same accolade, in recognition of the university’s growing zero emission fleet which is improving air quality, saving money, and reducing carbon emissions.
Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy at the council, said: “We are delighted to host this important event in Swansea. Organisers approached the Council, clearly recognising the strides we have made in recent years towards zero emissions in the city. I look forward to meeting and discussing these important green energy plans with organisations across Wales.
“Swansea Council currently has the largest fleet of electric vehicles in Wales after we introduced 40 electric vans into our fleet in 2018. This has resulted in the Council being named the ‘Public Sector Fleet of the Year’ at the recently held GREENFLEET Awards.
“Working alongside Swansea University is also helping us to push further forward with city wide plans to decarbonise Swansea. The University is also playing its part by introducing electric vehicles in the city.
“Looking further forward we want to focus on developing electric charging infrastructure which can assist the public in making the switch to greener transport methods. Cycling infrastructure has also been increased in Swansea in recent years boosting our cycle network and making it a serious alternative to cars.”
Sharing EV experiences
Nigel Morris, electric vehicle integration manager at Swansea University said: “Swansea City Council and Swansea University co-hosting GREENFLEET Cymru in Swansea with support from Welsh Government is another example of the collaboration going on throughout Wales to decarbonise transport.
“Both Swansea City and Swansea University have won their respective GREENFLEET of the Year Categories over the last two years. We have a role to play in sharing our EV experiences to raise awareness, stimulate interest and promote uptake to the benefit of the regional economy and air quality.”
GREENFLEET Cymru will feature keynote presentations and group sessions to enable attending fleet and transport managers to find out more about zero and ultra-low emission vehicles.
The day begins with a series of keynote presentations from event partners Swansea Council, the Swansea University, the Welsh Government, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Talks will cover the UK government’s Road to Zero strategy, and the latest on grants and schemes, as well as sharing best practice.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) EV Group will be there, offering an insight in to what innovative vehicle technology is on the market now and in the pipeline. Public sector organisations meanwhile will benefit from hearing the latest on the Frameworks for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
The late morning and afternoon elements of the event will be structured in private, 30-minute sessions, allowing delegates to engage with experts and drive some of the electric and ultra-low emission vehicles on the market. There will be vehicles from Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, and LDV to drive, as well as product updates and expertise from tracking and telematics pros Trakm8, EV charging infrastructure specialists Elmtronics and Vattenfall, and leasing and fleet management experts LeasePlan