RAF Brize Norton Trials New Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles

The station has been trialling the more environmentally friendly options to see if they could replace the diesel engine models.

RAF Brize Norton has been conducting trials of three new Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs).

The station is assessing the new vehicles to potentially replace the conventional diesel engine models currently in use around the unit.

The trial is part of wider efforts by the RAF to become more sustainable and eco-friendly in its working practices, while ensuring the station meets its aspiration of reducing its carbon emissions, providing a healthier environment for those on base and in the local community.

The Ministry of Defence was urged by the UK's Committee on Climate Change last year to "take the lead" on cutting carbon emissions.

In December, Defence Secretary Ben Wallaces said Royal Air Force fighter jets could be using up to 50% sustainable fuel in the future, while last month the Chief of the Air Staff made a series of predictions about the service's future in relation to climate change.

Brize Norton's three ULEVs delivered were deployed across several areas on the station including 47 Sqn, 99 Sqn and Ground Engineering Flight.

Personnel were trained in both the use and maintenance of the ULEVs and tasked to assess the performance of the vehicles as they carried out day-to-day activities.

The vehicles offer advantages over their diesel counterparts as they boast technology that improves safety for personal and equipment through their ability to programme speed limits and employ collision avoidance systems.

The trial will help outline which ULEV is best to meet the demands of the main operating bases across the RAF.

Cover image: One of the ULEVs sent to RAF Brize Norton (Picture: RAF).