WEST Berkshire Council is to reduce its carbon footprint by taking on three more electric vehicles.
The new vans increase the council’s electric fleet to five vehicles and electric charging points have also been installed at the Kennet centre.
The investment has been partially funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
The council successfully bid for funding to review its fleet, finding a business case to support the use of electric vehicles by the environmental health and highways and transport teams.
Grants have funded 75 per cent of the cost to lease the vehicles for the first two years and 75 per cent of the cost of the charging points.
In return for the funding, the success of the scheme will be monitored over the next two years to evaluate the business case and inform the Government’s future roll-out of electric vehicles.
The project has been undertaken by the council’s environmental health team.
The executive member for communities and public protection, Marcus Franks (Con, Speen), said: “At West Berkshire Council, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and these new vehicles will help us achieve that.
“We worked hard to win funding for them and it’s great to have taken delivery of the latest three vehicles.
“We will now be encouraging staff to switch to these vehicles and make them work in the day-to-day running of council services.”
As well as the five electric vehicles introduced into West Berkshire Council’s fleet; an electric vehicle is available through the Newbury town centre-based Car Club – a joint venture between the council and Co-Wheels.
The Renault Zoe electric car is based in the Kennet Centre car park and can be booked by people who are members of the Car Club.
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