Manchester Metropolitan University has added five electric Nissans – three e-NV200 panel vans and two Leaf cars – to its fleet.

The university claimed the new vehicles would help save thousands of pounds on running costs and help boost its reputation as a green education establishment.

The university is currently ranked as the third greenest in the UK, and it plans to replace the 18 remaining vehicles on its fleet with electric alternatives when they come up for renewal.

The new vehicles will be able to be recharged via the uni’s 24 charging points – two of which are rapid chargers – which are dotted across its Manchester and Crewe campuses.

“The reaction to the new electric vehicles has been fantastic and in the few months we’ve had them we haven’t had a single issue,” said Jason Smith, transport coordinator for Manchester Metropolitan University. “As an organisation we are always striving to improve our environmental performance and our Nissan EVs are already making a significant contribution to that. But the savings on fuel alone make moving towards an EV fleet a real no brainer.”