Scottish Water Powers Ahead with Switch to Electric Vehicles in Orkney

01 May 2024
Some of the Orkney Water Treatment Team with the new electric vehicles

Journey to Net Zero

The water treatment team in Orkney has made the switch to electric vehicles.

Scottish Water is powering ahead in its efforts to reach net zero emissions after its water treatment team in Orkney made the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). 
A total of 10 new EVs are now in operation across Orkney, including Westray, Sanday, Eday, North Ronaldsay and the Orkney Mainland. 
These join 96 other vans that are already in operation across the organisation, with aims to increase that number to 179 by the end of this financial year. In addition, a total of 135 Scottish Water sites have chargers installed, with plans for 400 sites to cater for the fleet by 2028. 
Water treatment team leader on Orkney, Colin Luke, said: “We were very pleased to take delivery of the new electric vehicles and to get them out on the job as soon as possible. All the operators seem to be enjoying the new EV driving experience and are taking pride in helping Scottish Water reach our net zero targets.” 
Electric Vehicle Transition Project Manager Alison Croft said: “It is great to see the new vehicles out and about across Orkney and to hear that the team is enjoying making the switch. 
“Transitioning to an all-electric fleet is a key part of our journey to net zero and the progress we are making in delivering this programme sends a strong message about how committed we are to reaching our targets.”