The Victorian arm of the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) will soon count electric cars among its fleet of home-visit vehicles.
As part of a new two-year partnership with the RACV, eight Nissan Leaf hatches will join the RDNS fleet, along with a number of green-energy charging stations.
RDNS Chief Executive Adjunct Professor Stephen Muggleton said the trial will help the service explorer the benefits of electric vehicles in covering around 10 million kilometres each year.
"There is no doubt the new generation of electric vehicles provide a smaller environmental footprint," Professor Muggleton said.
"Beyond this, we're hoping the trial will indicate the magnitude of long term savings in fleet costs that can be directly translated into more home care visits."
The newest members of the RDNS fleet will be launched this week, seen on their way by a 91 year-old former RDNS nurse in a Ford Prefect, used by the service in 1952.
Australian sales of the Nissan remain steady, with recent price reductions and greater fleet take-up contributing to 161 year-to-date sales, compared to 68 sales for the same period last year.
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