Councils in Dorset switch to clean, green travel machines
ELECTRIC cars are being used by Dorset County and West Dorset District Councils for their vehicle fleet.
The cars – funded from the £2.4M Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) – will be used by staff travelling on council business.
Dorset County Council Leader Spencer Flower said:
“It is important that the council leads from the front to demonstrate what can be done to reduce our impact on the environment.
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“We are committed to finding more environmentally sustainable ways of doing business and daily business travel is part of that.
"I hope we inspire businesses to follow with the innovative introduction of measures such as the use of electric pool cars in our fleet."
The electric cars will help save thousands of miles a year in conventional petrol cars and help save the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
The British-made Nissan Leaf Acenta has a range of 100 miles per charge. With a fuel cost of around 3p/mile, electric cars compare very favourably with the 45p/mile rate staff can claim when they use their own cars for business (HMRC Rate).
West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould said: “We were thrilled to receive £15,000 from the county council’s share of the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to buy an electric car and a charging point.
“Getting the electric car contributes to the council’s plans to be more environmentally friendly which has included moving to smaller, cheaper, greener offices. The car is charged with electricity some of which is generated from the solar panels on the South Walks House offices, helping to reduce the council’s carbon footprint.
“Staff will be using the car to carry out their duties around the district such as site visits or environmental health inspections. This car will help to improve local air quality as it has zero tailpipe emissions.”
Along with the cars, the money has also funded a dual 32Amp Electric Vehicle Charging Point (EVCP) with two parking bays at County Hall in Dorchester. The new EVCP will be open to the public later this summer, accessed via chargeyourcar.org.uk, a national network of public charging points.