The agreement, also in association with fleet management specialists Lex Autolease with whom Nissan and a local dealership have been working closely, is aimed at creating a more modern and energy efficient fit for the 21st century, a key goal for the Ministry of Defence.

And as part of the BAE System’s commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the site, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for EVs are being installed.

The electric Nissan vans will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 40% at the Portsmouth base in comparison with the previous vehicle fleet.

The conversion of more than a third of BAE Systems’ vehicle fleet to Nissan’s e-NV200 Combis will save £360,000 ($440,000) in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract.