RNLI uses electric van in drive to cut costs

The RNLI has started using an electric van to help cut operating costs and reduce its impact on the environment.

The ultra-light Mega Multitruck van is being used by the RNLI for journeys within a seven-mile radius of its Poole headquarters to collect supplies and complete general boatyard duties. The organisation plans to take on more of the same vehicles for its local stores, lifeboat stations and lifeguards.

"The RNLI is very conscious of its environmental responsibilities, and having an electric vehicle in our fleet will help reduce emissions and cut noise levels in the local community," said David Tidman, transport manager at the RNLI.

The electric van is exempt from road tax and eligible for a range of other benefits including indemnity from the London Congestion Charge and free or reduced parking in some towns and cities.

Tidman said: "As a charity that relies solely on voluntary contributions, we closely monitor all our costs. The electric Mega Multitruck costs less than 2p per mile to run so it will help us make significant savings."

Almost all of the van's components can be recycled at the end of its life.

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