Electric vehicles save £200k

COUNCIL workers will be using electric cars for the first time in a bid to cut fuel and energy costs.

Hampshire County Council is set to use the vehicles, which could save the authority £200,000 a year.

Councillor Mel Kendal, executive member for economic development, said: ‘As a publicly-funded authority, it’s vital that our proposals make economic and environmental sense.

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‘The decreasing cost of electric vehicles makes this an ideal time to start replacing our small diesel vehicles, which could dramatically reduce our fuel costs and potentially save over £200,000 a year.

‘Electric vehicles could also save an estimated 400 tonnes of carbon emissions, helping the environment and delivering cleaner air for Hampshire residents.’

A new electric delivery van and pool car based at Bar End, Winchester, will cost 97 per cent less to ‘fuel’ than equivalent diesel vehicles.

The new electric vehicles include a Nissan E-NV200 van. It will be used to deliver supplies to schools and council offices in Winchester, and a Nissan Leaf which will be used as a staff pool car.

The county council is yet to decide if it will change any of its other 156 small vehicles.

Cllr Kendal said: ‘We have also surged ahead in reducing our energy consumption.’