THE first electric cars have arrived at RAF Honington as the Station is well on the road to lower emissions.
The new cars are part of the MoD Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) programme, set to replace the entire ‘white fleet’ with the latest environmentally friendly models. One Mini Countryman Hybrid and two Peugeot 208 electric vehicles have been delivered to the Station this month.
Originally scheduled for receipt in June 2022, the Station’s Mechanical Transport (MT) Section have worked hard to bring this forward as the first vehicles arrive some 15 months ahead of schedule. The Stations MT Section manage and maintain the vehicles used for Defence business and is run by a mixture of RAF Personnel and Civil Servants.
Charging Points will be installed across the Station and the vehicles will be utilised by Station personnel in support of their normal working duties both on and off Station.
Station Commander Group Captain Dutch Holland said:
I am delighted to see the start of our transformation to a greener MT fleet and the fact that we are way ahead of schedule in receipt of the first three is outstanding. Relentless innovation that is driving us towards being a Next Generation Air Force.
By 2024, the MoD’s target is to have at least 30% electric vehicles within the white fleet; the civilian cars, vans and lorries that would not ordinarily have a military role.