Groningen’s municipal fleet to go all electric
128 vehicles serving the local authority will be powered on electricity by 2025
- June 08, 2020 11:30
- Aseniya Dimitrova
The municipality of Groningen announced last week that it will be turning all its fleet zero-emission within 5 years’ time. The Dutch authority will be replacing a total of 128 vehicles with ones powered by electricity, thereby leading the way to a “clean, pleasant, and healthy city”.
The local government setting a sustainability example
Groningen is currently getting ready to switch to an entirely electric fleet for its service vehicles before 2025. For this purpose, the municipality explained, 74 smart-charging stations will be built at the municipal buildings.
The municipality already owns a few fully electric service cars and is a leader in the field of hydrogen with several of its vehicles using the gas that is produced in-house in a sustainable manner.
In addition, the municipality is already achieving results in reducing the emissions of harmful substances and CO2 by driving on green gas and GTL (gas to liquid). E-vehicles, calculate the authorities, emit 3,725 tons less CO2 per year and save significantly on fuel and maintenance costs, making electric driving cheaper than driving on green gas and GTL
“Our ambition is a clean, pleasant and healthy city. This includes an emission-free city centre in 2025. In order to drive clean and CO2-free, we will be converting our own fleet to zero-emission vehicles in the coming years,” said Alderman Glimina Chakor, responsible for Sustainability & Circular Economy, quoted by the municipal website.
The transition to electric driving is causing a significant energy demand, however. To comply with this, various smart techniques will be used to ensure an optimal match between the energy demand of the vehicles and the energy supply of the building. Continuous analysis of the energy will take place through monitoring of the charging points.
The 'smart' charging stations are intended for the fleet of the municipality of Groningen as these vehicles are often parked on private property. In addition to the charging stations for the municipal fleet, 350 public charging stations will be added in Groningen in the coming years.
Finally, since 1 January 2019, the municipality of Groningen, together with the province of Groningen and other local communities, has been implementing an energy contract whereby the electricity supplied is sustainable.
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