Council examining electric conversion of vehicle fleet with Silverstone Park business Lunaz

Council examining electric conversion of vehicle fleet with Silverstone Park business Lunaz

23 November 2021

Buckinghamshire Council has announced it will be working to convert its vehicle fleet to zero emission, electric power in a unique partnership with Silverstone Park vehicle restoration and electrification specialist Lunaz.

Council leader Martin Tett and Lunaz Group Founder and CEO David Lorenz have jointly signed a ‘letter of intent’ to explore the options available for converting the authority’s fleet of vehicles to electric power over coming years.

The document demonstrates the council’s commitment to exploring greener options for its vehicles as part of its wider bid to cut carbon emissions before 2050.

Martin said he was “very excited” to sign the letter during a regional COP26 roadshow ‘Green Wheels In Motion’, held inside Lunaz’s 40,000 sq ft premises which are located inside the Buckinghamshire border at Silverstone Park.

He commented: “As a council we are fully committed to doing all we can do cut our carbon emissions – we know that converting our diesel and petrol vehicles to electric power as soon as possible would be a giant step towards doing that.

“We are delighted to be working with Lunaz, industry leaders in this field. Together we hope to explore the best ways for converting our existing fleet of vehicles to electric.

“Rather than scrapping them and buying new, the innovative technologies being developed and employed by Lunaz will help us to use a much greener option, to effectively upcycle and rejuvenate our current fleet to fully electric vehicles.”

Over coming months and years, the council will work with Lunaz to explore options for converting the different range of authority vehicles to electric power.

David Lorenz said: “Here at Lunaz we are passionate about converting existing vehicles into electric ones for the benefit of current and future generations. We are proud citizens of Buckinghamshire and we are delighted to see the vibrancy of the clean technology industry that is on display here today.

“Our model of working is more economically and ecologically viable. We help to prevent diesel and petrol vehicles from being sent to landfill by remodelling them to transition to clean air industry vehicles, giving them a new lease of life.

“Signing the letter with Buckinghamshire Council is the first confirmation of many conversations to come. We all need to be more sustainable in how we approach many aspects of our lives to tackle climate change and, here at Lunaz, supporting organisations like Buckinghamshire Council and others to embrace new green technologies in transport is one of our key priorities.”

The Green Wheels in Motion event, hosted by Buckinghamshire Council and partners, focused on sustainable transport solutions, showcasing a range of technologies and initiatives being developed and used in the county to decarbonise transport.

It included the innovative up-cycling work by Lunaz Group that converts vehicles such as HGVs and waste collection vehicles to being able to run on electric power.

Robert Bosch Ltd also participated, running online demonstrations and presentations of latest technologies. Other event partners included Buckinghamshire Community Energy, Buckinghamshire Business First, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and England’s Economic Heartland.

Buckinghamshire Council recently published its Climate Change & Air Quality Strategy which sets out details of its plans to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

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