Electric Vehicle adoption speeds ahead at NBMLHD
17 Aug 2022
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) has exceeded the government’s 10 per cent target for the adoption of hybrid fleet cars with almost 80 per cent of its fleet passenger vehicles now hybrid.
In 2019, the NSW Government set their agencies a target to ensure that at least 10 per cent of their fleet would be either hybrid models, or all-electric models by 2020/21.
“We started to transition our fleet to electric vehicles in 2020 and achieved 25 per cent of our fleet at this point. We now have 229 vehicles or 80 per cent of our fleet available as hybrid vehicles,” says Kay Hyman, NBMLHD Chief Executive.
“With hybrid car costs equivalent to non-hybrid cars, it was a simple decision that aligns with our sustainability goals and values,” added Kay.
“With hybrid car costs equivalent to non-hybrid cars, it was a simple decision that aligns with our sustainability goals and values,”
The move to hybrid fleet vehicles has saved the District $63,407 in fuel costs per year while also contributing to a modern, cleaner future for the community.
“Hybrid vehicles emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel cars,” says David Slyney, Fleet Manager NBMLHD.
“Our environmental impact has significantly reduced with 47,565 litres of fuel saved and 113 tonnes of carbon emissions avoided per year since the change,” added David.
As one of the largest employers in the region, this demonstrated leadership in sustainability and the government fleet industry is significant, helping to achieve the NSW Government Net Zero target by 2050.
NBMLHD also recognises its role in addressing the challenges of establishing charging infrastructure and supporting the use of full electric vehicles across the Nepean Blue Mountains region.
“Charging stations are something we want to tackle in partnership with our stakeholders and local councils,” says Kay.
“It would be great to see charging infrastructure installed in our local government areas, especially amongst the large teaching and health precinct in Penrith,” added Kay.
Health Infrastructure are currently reviewing locations that could be suitable for EV charging stations across local health districts.