We have launched an electric vehicle trial to tackle concerns around climate change and to advocate smart technology.
As part of the 12-month pilot, which has been organised by the council and EVision Electric Vehicle Hire, 10 social workers, who have been recruited internationally, will be able to use six electric pool cars to travel across Medway to support vulnerable children and families. Access to the six BMW i3s may then be offered to other social workers. The electric vehicles can travel around 175 miles on a full charge, and it takes around four hours to charge the cars from empty to full.
In April 2019, we declared a climate change emergency and plans to support this work are underway.
Following the trial, which is due to end in November 2021, we will consider its success and the viability of rolling out electric pool cars to other council staff.
Supporting children and vulnerable families
Cllr Josie Iles, Medway Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am pleased that our international social workers have access to electric vehicles which will help them in their work supporting children and vulnerable families across Medway. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic we have continued to provide support to our most vulnerable children and young people either through face-to-face meetings or virtually, in line with government advice. We are committed to giving all children in Medway the best start in life.”
We are committed to tackling climate change in Medway
Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and leading on Medway’s Climate Change agenda, said: “This electric vehicle pilot scheme supports our ongoing work to find ways for Medway to become more environmentally friendly. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and tackling climate change in Medway.”
Reducing the impact of climate change
Hugh Edeleanu, Chairman of EVision Electric Vehicle Hire whose head office is in Medway, said: “EVision is pleased and proud to have secured a green fleet management contract for another public sector organisation. We are delighted to have helped Medway Council bring together electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, to assist in reducing the impact of climate change within the Medway towns. As well as continue to champion support for Central Government’s initiative to promote the change to electric vehicles."