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Challenge / Goal

The Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to reducing their carbon footprint and becoming ever more sustainable as a University. The university has a fleet of electric vehicles already in use for its facilities teams and the mail deliveries are taking place by electric bikes. There are also 36 electric car charging points across the University campus.

As a next step they wanted to provide staff with the option of leaving their own vehicles at home to use an electric car for business journeys. The staff travels mainly in Greater Manchester region-short distance(avg travel is 25 miles)


The University has added two 30KW electric cars to the share scheme, allowing more staff to opt for a low-carbon option for business journeys and leave their cars at home. The new vehicles are part of the Triangulum project, funded by the European Commission, which sees Manchester City Council working with Manchester Metropolitan and the University of Manchester (UoM) to transform their vehicle fleets and make significant energy savings, while demonstrating the power of the new innovations to help create economic growth.

  • Type-2 (7kW) chargers with two sockets per access points, equipped with RFID readers (managed by external company);
  • 30kWh Nissan Leaf standard model,
  • Enterprise booking system which is managed by a third party enterprise through an online booking system. 

Online booking system and RFID cards are used to access the vehicles which eliminates the need for transferring keys. 

Citizen participation

Consultation with staff and frequent car users


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Time period

Planning time: Less than 6 months

Implementation time: Less than 6 months

    Main benefits

  • Promoting sustainable private transport models

  • Reducing local air pollution

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