We are thrilled to introduce our first electric van into full time service.

The fully electric vehicle will form part of the fleet of 421 vans across the UK and will be used exclusively in our West Sussex Technology Enabled Care Service contract to help the people in the local community.

Technology Enabled Care covers a range of technological healthcare solutions which can help people live more independently for longer, providing a better quality of life for the individual and peace of mind for family and friends.

The introduction of this electric vehicle reflects the commitment by NRS Healthcare to reducing our carbon footprint and complements West Sussex County Council’s pledge in 2019 to become carbon neutral by 2030. The success of this initial introduction will be closely monitored to see how similar vehicles can operate in other contracts. It represents a significant investment the installation of an electric charging point at the service centre in Worthing and a rescheduling of the standard vehicle routes to allow for recharging when required.

David Straughan, National Care Managing Director has said:

“We already have a strong plan which is reducing our carbon footprint year on year, so we are well on the way for our fleet to be carbon neutral within the next few years. The introduction of this vehicle is an important step in our plan to reduce our carbon footprint. There will be close monitoring of how the vehicle works in our Technology Enabled Care Service to see how they may work in our other contracts across the country. We are looking forward to hearing from our drivers their experience of using the van, as well as feedback from the commissioners of our service, the prescribers we work with and the people of West Sussex.”

We recently held a small event unveiling the new vehicle with Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, West Sussex County Council and Service Commissioners – Carrie Anderson and Sue Tivey from West Sussex County Council.

Amanda Jupp said at the unveiling:

“It’s great to see that NRS Healthcare has selected the West Sussex Technology Enabled Care Service to introduce their first electric vehicle. I’m pleased that we are able to help people to live independently, alongside a provider with green credentials. I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s feedback.”

Cover image from left: TECS Operations Manager for NRS Worthing Samantha Taylor; Carrie Anderson, Sue Tivey and Amanda Jupp, of West Sussex County Council; NRS Managing Director National Care David Straughan; NRS Southern Regional Director Neil Thacker; NRS Head of Fleet Alison Owen, and NRS Marketing Executive Mel Townsend