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Port of Ipswich goes electric

PUBLISHED: 15:05 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:05 04 June 2019

New electric vehicles. ABP Head of Environment Alan Tinline, Ricky Edwards Engineering Coordinator at the Port of Lowestoft and Engineering Resources Manager, East Anglia Brian Read  with the 6 new electric vehicles for ABP's East Anglian ports at Ipswich. Picture:STEPHEN WALLER

New electric vehicles. ABP Head of Environment Alan Tinline, Ricky Edwards Engineering Coordinator at the Port of Lowestoft and Engineering Resources Manager, East Anglia Brian Read with the 6 new electric vehicles for ABP's East Anglian ports at Ipswich. Picture:STEPHEN WALLER

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Ipswich port owner ABP has invested more than £120,000 in a new fleet of electric vans for East Anglian ports.

The six Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans are part of ABP's vehicle replacement programme to make overall operations more environmentally sustainable by reducing exhaust emissions.

Four vans will be based at the Port of Ipswich with the remaining two being shared between the ports of King's Lynn and Lowestoft. Nevertheless, they will be able to travel between each of the three East Anglian ports on a single charge.

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Andrew Harston ABP Short Sea Ports director said: "The introduction of this new fleet of electric vehicles to our East Anglian ports is part of our five year plan to develop sustainable sources of power and reduce our overall carbon footprint.

"The new vans will reduce emissions and help improve local air quality, whilst also helping us to operate more efficiently."

In 2018, the Port of Ipswich generated 970MWh of electricity from its solar panel installations, which would be enough to power 300 electric vehicles for an average of 10,000 miles a year.

Alan Tinline, ABP Head of Environment, said: "We are proud of our teams in East Anglia who have worked tirelessly to make their ports' operations more sustainable in recent years. As one of East Anglia's major employers, we are keen to play an active role is securing the region's greener future."

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