Norfolk Fire Service has just become the new owner of a Chevrolet Volt as part of its initiative to reduce its own environmental impact.
The vehicle was handed over at Cambridge Chevrolet which has been selling the Chevrolet Volt since its launch last year. In addition to the Volt, Cambridge Chevrolet also sell the full range of Chevrolets from the Spark all the way to Camaro and Corvette.
Over the last two years, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Property Services have provided substantial investments in our 41 fire stations, including better insulation and building management systems and solar panels. With the help of these new updates, combined with an increase in staff awareness and changes they have so far reduced carbon emissions by 37%, and business miles by 25%.
Chief fire officer, Nigel Williams said, "When looking forward for new ways to continue to decrease emissions the Volt came through our trials process with flying colours as the best next move we could make in terms of our fleet of emergency response cars. It has the carrying capacity and handling/performance characteristics we need for blue-light response, combined with energy bills that are a scale change from our current conventional vehicles, especially combined with our solar panels which will provide much of the electrical charging for the Volt." Williams later added, "The Volt is around 75% more efficient on emissions compared to our current benchmark and will more than double and possibly triple the mpg - making it a great step towards pushing our own targets for reducing our environmental impact."
Luke Gordon, franchise manager Chevrolet Cambridge, said, "The Volt is a fantastic car, I'm confident they will be impressed with its design, reliability and economy, I think it's a great match for them."