From jamie goodwin | Friday 18 September 2020
Move supports Hull City Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 after declaring a climate emergency in March last year.
KCOM has unveiled a fleet of five electric vehicles to help the region's fight against climate change.
The Hull broadband provider has signalled its commitment to become a zero-carbon company by revealing the first vehicles to be part of its new eco-friendly fleet.
Customers will soon be able to spot the three new Nissan Leaf N-Connecta cars and two Renault Kangoo vans in their distinctive green and white liveries out and about on the highways and byways of Hull and East Yorkshire.
Tim Shaw, managing director of KCOM Wholesale & Networks, said: “It’s time we all did our bit and stepped up to do whatever we can to help combat the climate emergency the world is facing. At KCOM we have been looking into the changes we can make, both big and small, that will have a real impact.”
The Kangoo vans will be used by engineers surveying locations as part of KCOM’s ambitious £100m full fibre network expansion across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
The cars, which can travel 168 miles on a single charge, will primarily be used by staff travelling between the company’s two main Hull offices in Carr Lane and Salvesen Way. Both sites now have fully operational electric charging points installed.
The move supports Hull City Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 after declaring a climate emergency in March last year.
Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, said “We welcome efforts such as this to help Hull meet its ambitious climate change target.
“The council is leading the way to ensure the pledge is a success, with investments in our city and staff. We know the effects of climate change are real and our strategy sets out how we need to respond as a council and city.”
The Government has already announced a ban on the sale of all petrol and diesel cars from 2030.