RAF Brize Norton has been conducting trials of three new Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) across the Station.
The trial provided the opportunity to assess the potential use of the new vehicles to replace the conventional diesel engine models currently used around the unit. This trial forms part of a series of initiatives as we strive to continue the move towards more sustainable and eco-friendly ways of working, whilst ensuring the Station meets its aspiration of reducing its carbon emissions and providing a healthier environment for those on the base and into the local community.
The three ULEVs delivered by ePowerTrucks were deployed across several areas on the Station including 47 Sqn, 99 Sqn and Ground Engineering Flight. A number of personnel where trained in the use and maintenance of the ULEVs and tasked to assess the vehicles as they undertook normal day-to-day activities and provide feedback on the performance of each.
The trial offered a great opportunity for personnel to see first-hand the advantages that these vehicles can bring over the current Mechanical Transport fleet. These included the employment of new technology to improve safety to both personal and equipment through the ability to programme speed limits and employ collision avoidance systems when operating around aircraft and equipment.
The trial will provide invaluable user input in helping to select the best ULEV to meet the demands of busy Main Operating Bases across the RAF.
ULEV vehicles and associated charging point trials are part of a wide range of sustainability projects and activities under the Brize Sustainability Working Group banner, working towards the RAF’s target of Net Zero 40.