King’s College London has introduced a fleet of electric vans and an electric car to support its campus operations.

The vehicles, which have been supplied through Scot Group, trading as Thrifty Car and Van Rental, include seven Ford E-Transit electric vans and a zero emission BMW iX1.

They have been on the roads of the capital since March 2024, supporting campus operations between King’s College London sites at Denmark Hill, Guy’s, Waterloo and Strand.

With a range of 180 to 200 miles on a full charge – which is typical performance for one of the new vans – the switch will help decrease King’s long-term carbon footprint in line with its Climate & Sustainability Action Plan.

In addition, the vans are wrapped in a fully recyclable self-adhesive film and liner, and after their lifespan the liveries will be fully recycled.

Nick O’Donnell, Director of Estates and Facilities, said, “We are delighted to have introduced our new electric vehicle fleet for use on and around our campuses.

“These new vehicles represent another positive step toward reducing our carbon footprint at King’s.

“We have worked to source and wrap the new vehicles using fully recyclable self-adhesive film and liner which will now be seen across our campuses in their vibrant green branding showcasing King’s sustainability in action.”

Professor Frans Berkhout, Assistant Principal (King’s Climate & Sustainability), said, “In the past few years, we have made significant progress on decarbonising our electricity supply, investing in on-site renewables and signing a Power Purchase Agreement with wind farms to supply nearly one-fifth of our annual electricity baseload.

“Being able to welcome the electric fleet across King’s is another step toward a net zero carbon future.”


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