Alstom’s Power HQ in Rugby has a new addition to its 115 plus years of experience with
electricity – a Nissan Leaf electric car.
The site, which is more at home helping power stations become more efficient, is offering staff use of the electric vehicle for short journeys – such as picking up and dropping off colleagues who have come to Rugby Station on an Alstom-built Pendolino train.
Iain Rutherford, Unit Managing Director at Alstom in Rugby, said: “We wanted to provide a cheap to run and more efficient alternative to taxis and our traditional pool cars for short hops, and the Leaf’s proving extremely popular.
“We’ve calculated that it costs us about 2p a mile to run and it also makes it just a little bit greener for us on short hops around town.”
Alstom has the vehicle until October and will decide on whether to take the car on for a longer period of time later in the year.
The company has already had use of a Leaf at its Stafford site and is also in the process of putting in three charging posts for electric vehicles at the Grid site in St Leonards Avenue.
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