Gloucestershire Police charges ahead with green car plans

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl testing the electric Vauxhall Amper last year

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl testing the electric Vauxhall Amper last year

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police have installed their first electric charging point as part of their drive towards running a greener fleet of vehicles.

The constabulary was awarded £4,000 by Gloucestershire County Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to pay for the installation at the Constabulary’s Waterwells headquarters in Quesdgeley.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, is keen for the force to adopt a greener option and last summer had the opportunity to test-drive a fully electric Vauxhall Ampera as part of his investigations into the viability of battery-powered cars.

Mr Surl said: “I’m delighted by the grant we have received to cover the installation cost of the constabulary’s first vehicle electric charging point.

“ I believe battery-powered cars are the way forward and I think in 10 years’ time maybe the whole fleet could be electric.

“Using electric cars for certain types of jobs will not only help to save money, but will be better for the environment.

“We’re looking at a number of models which would be suitable for the constabulary’s purposes and will be looking to take some on in the not too distant future.”

Cllr Vernon Smith, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: “Gloucestershire Police is one of 21 local employers that will benefit from the LSTF grant..”

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3:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Yawn.... says...

Great to see that the charging point has been installed before the car has even been chosen, let alone ordered!
The big laugh will come when it is decided that hybrid/electric cars are not fit for purpose. I would like to think that Police cars spend more time out on patrol or at incidents than sat at a police station charging.
Most electric cars take several hours to charge for a few hours use. After the battery is depleted the petrol engine will kick in which is probably less economical than the current diesels.
Most police mileage is low speed stop/start motoring which would not give the batteries a chance to recharge like on a long run.
Hybrid cars are still much more expensive than the current diesel model equivalents.
The Ampera that was trialled costs about £32000 after the Gov't grant. I dare say this is well over twice the cost of the current Astra. It only has a battery range of approx 35miles before a 6hr charge is required. A What Car review only obtained 34.9mpg in 'range extending mode' using the petrol engine backup. That doesn't sound practical or economical to me!!
Will this extra outlay actually be recouped or is this just a publicity stunt to try and gain popularity?
Great to see that the charging point has been installed before the car has even been chosen, let alone ordered! The big laugh will come when it is decided that hybrid/electric cars are not fit for purpose. I would like to think that Police cars spend more time out on patrol or at incidents than sat at a police station charging. Most electric cars take several hours to charge for a few hours use. After the battery is depleted the petrol engine will kick in which is probably less economical than the current diesels. Most police mileage is low speed stop/start motoring which would not give the batteries a chance to recharge like on a long run. Hybrid cars are still much more expensive than the current diesel model equivalents. The Ampera that was trialled costs about £32000 after the Gov't grant. I dare say this is well over twice the cost of the current Astra. It only has a battery range of approx 35miles before a 6hr charge is required. A What Car review only obtained 34.9mpg in 'range extending mode' using the petrol engine backup. That doesn't sound practical or economical to me!! Will this extra outlay actually be recouped or is this just a publicity stunt to try and gain popularity? Yawn....
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8:56pm Wed 26 Mar 14

kjag23 says...

Electric cars are actually terrible for the environment.
Firstly the mining of the components and ores needed to make it, then the air miles of shipping the parts all over the world for assembly,
then even when built the car needs charging, usually from electricity gained from fossil fuels.
So really, what's the point? Unless you're going to use solar/hydro/wind power to charge it and obtain its parts from responsible mines with green powered transport across the world....
Ignorance is bliss eh?
Electric cars are actually terrible for the environment. Firstly the mining of the components and ores needed to make it, then the air miles of shipping the parts all over the world for assembly, then even when built the car needs charging, usually from electricity gained from fossil fuels. So really, what's the point? Unless you're going to use solar/hydro/wind power to charge it and obtain its parts from responsible mines with green powered transport across the world.... Ignorance is bliss eh? kjag23
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3:33pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Andyinstroud says...

Has Martin Surl got his head in the clouds regarding electric cars and the way forward? The modern electric cars have hardly progressed since Electric cars first made an appearance in the 19th Century.
The range of the early cars like the Baker and Detroit had a range on a full charge of approx. 50 miles. The Ampera has a range of 40 miles on battery until the petrol driven 1.4 litre generator cuts in, thereby negating any positives on emissions at the tail pipe. The pollution at the generating source is another matter.

The interiors are mainly plastic, Ethylene and propylene, which is a derivative of crude oil products. The batteries have a limited life and will be very expensive, and polluting, to manufacture and replace.

It's time the public were stopped being hoodwinked into how 'green' these electric cars are. Now Steam Cars might the way forward again if a decent condensing boiler was available!
Has Martin Surl got his head in the clouds regarding electric cars and the way forward? The modern electric cars have hardly progressed since Electric cars first made an appearance in the 19th Century. The range of the early cars like the Baker and Detroit had a range on a full charge of approx. 50 miles. The Ampera has a range of 40 miles on battery until the petrol driven 1.4 litre generator cuts in, thereby negating any positives on emissions at the tail pipe. The pollution at the generating source is another matter. The interiors are mainly plastic, Ethylene and propylene, which is a derivative of crude oil products. The batteries have a limited life and will be very expensive, and polluting, to manufacture and replace. It's time the public were stopped being hoodwinked into how 'green' these electric cars are. Now Steam Cars might the way forward again if a decent condensing boiler was available! Andyinstroud
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