Armata britanica utilizeaza de acum 50 de automobile Toyota Prius livrate departamentelor administrative din insula. In perioada 2007 – 2011 militarii britanici vor achizitiona 6.600 de autovehicule care emit mai putin de 130 de grame de dioxid de carbon per kilometru. Economia de combustibil va permite reducerea costurilor de operare in conditiile unor preturi imprevizibile ale petrolului. Automobilele Prius vor inlocui 50 de modele Vauxhall Vectra (Opel Vectra in varianta britanica) care miteau in atmosfera 154 grame CO2/km. Toyota Prius este un automobil hibrid, eficient energetic care emite doar 104 grame CO2 pe kilometru. Plusul de eficienta energetica este dat de motorul de 1.5 litri pe benzina cu ciclu Atkinson si de sistemul de recupereaza energia pierduta la franare.
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PRIUS RECRUITED FOR ARMY SERVICE
The British Army has taken delivery of a fleet of 50 Toyota Prius as part of its ongoing mission to reduce emissions of gases known to damage the environment.
White Fleet, the branch of Headquarters Land Forces which manages the Army’s 6,600 non-deployable administrative vehicles, is meeting a government target to ensure all cars procured between 2007 and 2011 produce less than 130 g/km of CO2.
Brokered by the Army through its leasing partners VT Group and Lex Vehicle Leasing, the Prius which produces just 104 g/km of CO2 replaces 50 Vauxhall Vectras, whose credentials are 154 g/km. The replacement contract comes at nil extra cost to the Army and is the Ministry of Defence’s biggest commitment to date to the use of hybrid vehicles. White Fleet is determined to drive down CO2 emissions with further deals before 2011 to arrive at a figure well below the 130g per kilometre target.
Brigadier Mark Armstrong, who as Director Infrastructure leads the Army’s sustainable development projects, said: „Our vehicles are constantly being changed over because they have reached a certain mileage or a certain life. When we change our vehicles we are looking for value for money but also having in mind those targets the Government has set us on sustainable operations. Taking delivery of this fleet of hybrid vehicles, whose carbon emissions are below the 2011 targets set to us at HQ Land Forces by the Government, means we are ahead of schedule in terms of what the White Fleet produces.”
VT White Fleet director Nick Earl said: „We have worked closely with the MOD to help them meet their carbon reduction targets. We were able to assess their specific challenges and present them with data to make the right vehicle replacement choices to tackle the issue.”
The 50 Toyota Prius, were recently handed over to the Army with the help of Andy Houston, Business Centre Manager at RRG Toyota in Bolton, as supplying dealer. Andy went through the Prius controls with Colonel Nick Millen, Catterick Garrison Commander who drove away in his Prius that day. Also present from Toyota (GB) PLC were David Bell, Manager National Leasing, Rental & Special Sales along with Robert Bryant, Manager, Public Sector.