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Electric Courier Service at Sussex Partnership

Organisation: Sussex Partnership
Location: Amberstone, Sussex

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What's the idea?

Travel for healthcare contributes a significant amount to carbon emissions that add to the problem of climate change. The courier service at Sussex Partnership, based at Amberstone travels an average of 75,000 miles per year. 

Shifting the vehicles for the courier service to electric vehicles would decarbonize the courier fleet, and reduce the environmental impact of this service. The Trust invested in electric vehicles but also had to rethink the process for how the vehicles were managed to allow for charging times within the working day.

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Impact of the project

Money saving

Using electricity to fuel the courier service is significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel.
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Reduced carbon emissions

75,000 miles equates to around 21 tonnes of CO2. That's a saving equivalent to the electricity needed to power four homes for a whole year.
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Cleaner air

We know that air pollution is linked to health issues from stroke to dementia. Clean transport helps keep local air cleaner too.
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How you could implement a similar idea

If you would be interested in swapping the vehicles you use in your team for electric alternatives here are some things to consider:

  • Could you do an audit of the how the vehicles are used to make sure you get the right ones for the job, for example does it need to carry heavy items, or chilled items?
  • How often are they used - can they be charged overnight or will they be needed overnight too? Planning will be needed to allow for charge times.
  • Are there charge points on the site you will be based at? 

Start a conversation with your transport and logistics team to explore how the switch could be possible - consider money savings over time in fuel use against initial investment.

Resources to get you started

This is an excellent case study from Greater Manchester on how they introduced more electric vehicles:

Cycle couriers could be another option to use, this case study from Oxford University Hospital explores how they made the swap:


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