HTM | Electric Vehicle trial sees a greener future as Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone is on the horizon
Birmingham plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) covering all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the Middleway itself) during 2020.
Birmingham City Council explains on its website:
“A Clean Air Zone is an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. No vehicle is banned in the zone, but those which do not have clean enough engines will have to pay a daily charge if they travel within the area.
“The Government has said that Birmingham needs a Clean Air Zone and that we need to reduce levels of NO2 in the air as soon as possible. Once we reach that target, we want to continue to lower the amount of NO2 and particulate matter in the air as far as we can.”
Located underneath spaghetti junction, HTM is in the heart of Birmingham- and 2 miles from the new Clean Air Zone.
In keeping with the council’s focus on a greener city, HTM are making a transition of their own. Namely, the introduction of fully electric vehicles into their fleet.
Recently, HTM trialled a fully electric Nissan e-NV200 van. Throughout the trial, company supervisors utilised the vehicle to visit sites and complete audits amongst other tasks. The vehicle was also taken by employees who live further afield in order to test the mileage range and battery usage.
Following the trial, supervisors and employees found no issues whatsoever in using the electric alternative as a traffic management supervisory vehicle and found it a pleasure to drive. Following this success, HTM intends to make fully electric vehicles a part of their fleet.
The first step in doing this is to have the e-NV200 fully operational by January 2020 when the implementation of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone comes into operation, and taking this step enables the development of the infrastructure to have electric vehicles operating out of HTM depots.
Greg Baldwin, Business Director at HTM told us:
“With the implementation of the Birmingham Clean Air Zone, diesel-fuelled vehicles that are Euro 6 standard or better are exempt from daily charges for entry.
“Additionally, fully electric vehicles meet the criteria for uncharged entry into the CAZ.
“Even though all of our vehicles meet the Euro 6 standards exemption we wanted to go above and beyond when the CAZ comes into play.
“We wanted to provide a completely zero-emissions supervisor vehicle to work within the city, and therefore add value to our city-based clients.”