Falkirk Council makes the switch to electric vehicles


Falkirk Council in Scotland has taken delivery of seven electric Citroën ë-Dispatch vans via Arnold Clark in Armadale as part of its sustainability plans.

Falkirk Council placed orders for Citroën ë-Dispatch Enterprise vans with XS body length and a 50kWh battery. The vehicles have since been deployed to support essential building maintenance work throughout the council region, helping to improve and further develop facilities for its residents.

Acquired though Arnold Cark in Armadale, Falkirk Council were able to fund the purchase of their new zero emissions fleet with the help of Transport Scotland’s ‘Switched On Towns and Cities Challenge Fund’ and ‘Switched on Fleet Fund’ schemes, which encourage key environmental changes such as vehicle electrification. Falkirk Council was attracted to the new Citroën ë-Dispatch thanks to its practical range and sizeable load capacity, whilst additions such as a pipe carrier roof rack and plywood lining allow further functionality for everyday use.

Laura Campbell, Fleet Co-ordinator for Falkirk Council, commented: “I would like to thank Iian Bain at Arnold Clark, Armadale who consistently does an outstanding job of ensuring our vehicle needs for Falkirk Council are met. With an incredible amount of product knowledge and high standard of communications, Iian made our recent 100% electric Citroën ë-Dispatch fleet additions a seamless experience, which puts us well on our way to achieving our EV ambitions as a council. The introduction of new Citroën ë-Dispatch to our fleet will give us the confidence that we can undertake our services in an environmental and cost-effective way, without any compromise to practical necessities like load space and vehicle range.”

Scott Westerby, Citroën UK’s Fleet Director, commented: "I am proud that the Citroën ë-Dispatch has been selected as the electric LCV of choice in Falkirk Council’s latest round of procurement. A key model in our electric vehicle range, new ë-Dispatch is an ideal solution for public and private sector operators alike, as it strikes a perfect balance between maintaining all the capacity of non-electric versions, and offering zero tailpipe emissions with significant whole life cost benefits.”