Electric vehicles now make up the majority of the Port of Southampton’s fleet due to ABP acquiring an additional 12 new electric vehicles.
There are now 28 ABP zero-emission vehicles operating at the port as part of commitments to improve air quality across the facility.
The new vehicles are intended for staff to travel around the port and replace the older diesel-fuelled cars and vans with new vehicles being introduced to the ABP fleet where hybrid or electric alternatives are available.
ABP will be eliminating 15 tonnes of carbon emissions per year with the removal of 14 older diesel vehicles from its fleet as the new vehicles will be powered using renewable energy.
The electric vehicle replacement scheme is one of the priorities set out in ABP’s air quality strategy – Cleaner Air for Southampton – published last year.
ABP has also installed additional charging bays at its offices in Southampton, available for staff and visitor use, to support the increase of electric vehicles in its fleet and bringing the total number of charging points on the port to more than 70.
The company has committed to run only electric or hybrid vehicles by the end of 2020 where such alternatives to diesel are available.
At the moment, not all port-use vehicles have zero emission replacements and ABP is working with a manufacturer to develop viable alternatives.
Alastair Welch, ABP regional director for Southampton, said: “Increasing our electric vehicle fleet is a key strand of our air quality strategy over the next few years.
“We know that air quality in the city has been steadily improving and we are committed to working with the port community and the city council to accelerate these improvements and do our bit to deliver even cleaner air.”