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Salford University’s green credentials motor ahead with electric car trial

The University of Salford is trialling an electric car during Graduation (Tuesday 16-Friday 19 July) as part of its carbon reduction and environmental sustainability strategy.

The zero emissions Nissan Leaf is taking the place of one of the University’s diesel pool cars for the week to take Chancellor Dr Irene Khan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall, other senior executives and honorary graduates to and from Graduation ceremonies at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

And, should the pilot and other tests be successful, the University is looking at permanently replacing one or more of its petrol or diesel cars with electric models, joining an electrically-powered van which the Estates department has used on campus for some time.

Salford’s transport and travel plan already aims to limit as much as possible the need for car journeys by students, staff and visitors and, where such journeys are necessary, to reduce their environmental impact in a range of ways, including the use of electric vehicles.

To encourage the take-up of electric cars, the University has recently installed a number of charging points in campus car parks, part of the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme which will eventually result in a network of more than 200 charging stations across the conurbation.
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