14th June 2019

BOPDHB takes delivery of first three hybrid technology cars

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is journeying towards a cleaner greener vehicle fleet as it takes delivery of its first three hybrid technology cars.  

A hybrid car is one which uses more than one means of propulsion - that means combining a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. The main advantages of a hybrid are that it consumes less fuel and emits less CO2 than a comparable conventional petrol or diesel-engined vehicle. 

"Part of the journey towards being a sustainable organisation is reducing the environmental impact of our activities," said BOPDHB Sustainability Manager Vicktoria Blake. "This is a step towards reducing the carbon footprint caused from our travel." 

The DHB's vehicles possess new features such as low rolling resistance tyres to further enhance fuel efficiency, as well as improved safety features for staff. The Corolla Hatch Hybrid has 'best in class' overall fuel consumption of 4.1 L/100kms and CO2 emissions of 96 g/km. By way of comparison, the petrol-engined Corolla GLX is rated at 6.1 L/100kms and 143 g/km. 

The DHB has recently signed up to CEMARS (Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) as an onward commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The cars, and more like it to follow, are part of that commitment.

Hybrid CarsFrom left: BOPDHB Team Lead Community Allied Health Jane Wilson, Community Allied Health Assistant Linda Edwards and Community Occupational Therapist Joanna Wood with the three new hybrid cars.


For more details contact:
James Fuller
Communications Advisor - Bay of Plenty District Health Board


Last updated: June 14, 2019