LUU should use electric vehicles for the Nightbus service

Passed: April 2018 (30th)

What's It About?

LUU should use electric vehicles for the Nightbus service, replacing our current diesel fleet, continuing its tradition of being a forward thinking, sustainable organisation.

Why Have You Proposed It?

  • Both the University of Leeds and LUU are striving to be two of the most sustainable organisations nationally, introducing electric buses would continue this. Electric vehicles have zero emissions, minimal noise pollution, and zero road tax. As a students’ union, LUU has shown in the past to be ahead of the national agenda and introducing electric buses would allow us to continue to improve our sustainability, well ahead of the 2040 ban on the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles.
  • There are 6 electric charging points already installed across campus – use of which is at no cost for staff, students or visitors. The University already run an electric vehicle scheme and we must endeavour to match them.
  • After consulting the Nightbus manager, the range and capacity of an electric bus would be well within the range required for a typical Nightbus shift, as per data from Nightbus records.
  • Studies have shown that electric cars are cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel, potentially allowing us to increase capacity of the Nightbus service if maximum capacity is reached.

Expires: April 2021 (30th)

Submitted By: Chris Morris & Jonny Kershaw

Officer: Union Affairs / Community

Area of Work: Transport

Updates

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

December 2019: At the present time there isn’t an electric vehicle that’s commercially available of the mini bus size we operate. Once this is available we will switch as we have the infrastructure for electric vehicles within the University.

October 2019: Discussion has slowed around this, new Deputy Chief Exec (Operations) investigating again.

February 2019: This is currently one of the submissions for the Finance sub-committee of the Board of Trustees for end of February

September 2018: Chris, Union Affairs Officer, is in discussions with LUU's new Facilities Manager and a proposal is being put together.

July 2018: Chris, Union Affairs Officer, met with LUU's facilities team in July 2018 to discuss this - work is underway on gathering quotes to compare the current diesel service with an electric one. Next meeting planned for end of July 2018, with aim of a decision being reached ahead of Freshers this September.