The Port of Southampton has had a delivery of 13 electric vans to replace diesel cars and vans previously used by the port.
Vehicle emissions are being blamed as the prime cause for the city failing to meet its European air quality standards.
West Way Nissan supplied the 13 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans that will be used by the export port’s ABP Southampton Staff.
Director Alastair Welch, said: “The introduction of these vehicles to our fleet will not only contribute to improvements in local air quality but will also reduce running costs.
“We plan to monitor the performance of the vehicles going forward to allow us to track environmental improvements. I hope we are able to replace an increasing number of vehicles in our fleet with electric or hybrid equivalents in the coming years as the available technology develops.”
The vehicles are the first electric powered vans in the ABP fleet and is one of a number of initiatives the port is looking at to reduce its overall impact on the environment over the coming months.
The electric fleet follows similar announcements made by other ports, including a 48-strong all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi fleet ordered for use at Portsmouth Naval Base in March earlier this year.