Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has announced the delivery of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV to Thames Valley Police, who are the lead authority for Chiltern Transport Consortium. Chiltern Transport Consortium provide a cross-border shared service, back office support function for all the fleet requirements of Bedfordshire Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Hertfordshire Constabulary, and Thames Valley Police.
The vehicle has been handed over today at Soul’s Mitsubishi in Milton Keynes and has been commissioned with Thames Valley Police corporate livery. The pure-electric vehicle (EV) will be used for routine non-emergency duties in and around Milton Keynes city centre, thereby maximising exposure to the general public.
The long term goal of Chiltern Transport Consortium is to provide sustainable transport solutions to their police customers that meet all operational requirements whilst minimising impact on the environment. To this end they are continually monitoring the development of emerging ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies and recommending their adoption at the earliest opportunity.
Chiltern Transport’s fleet manager, Dave McDonald said: “We believe this is not only necessary to protect future generations from the worst effects of global warming but also to protect the public purse from the inevitable and relentless rise in fuel prices in the coming years. On the principle that we are all in this together we will work with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to radically reduce and eventually eliminate our fleets’ dependency on fossil fuels.”
McDonald continued to say; “The purchase of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV for use by Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes not only signals Chiltern Transport Consortium’s commitment to this endeavour but also promotes electric vehicles as a viable option for other fleets and individuals.”