The ‘Fully Charged, Clean and Green’ TIC team have recently taken delivery of their electric trial bus after six months of planning. This bus will replace the diesel vans that transport OTA staff around site, which are known for their costly repairs.
Chris Burbridge, Karl Arnold, Keith Fitzgerald and Hajara Singh worked on four ideas for cost saving from reducing onsite transport to parking solutions, before striking gold with their idea to switch their OTA vehicles to electric. Not only did the team want to save on cost, this idea was part of a bigger picture for them to become a more responsible OTA, and do their bit for sustainability. Introducing these shuttle buses will stop an average of 2,890kg of cO2 being produced weekly and save on average £9,303.05 monthly in fuel and repair costs.
The first day of the two-week trial took place on Monday 18 July, and so far the team have received good feedback from the users of the bus. Chris from the team said “this trial will help us get to grips with how it will work around site and whether it will meet our teams’ needs. We’re pleased with the progress so far and have been impressed with the safety features, such as the speed limiting.
”The bus will do 50 miles on one charge and includes all the essentials needed such as lights, seatbelts and fans. A special mention is needed for Waj Murad, our OTA Production Manager (pictured above) who helped us enormously in the first stages. He put us in touch with all the right people, from Finance to Purchasing and Business Protection to gain access to site for delivery. Without his help, we wouldn't be where we are now."
After the trial, the team will be re-evaluating the features they require and whether they can implement these vehicles across site – we’ll keep you up to date on the progress!