Exeter City Council has underlined its green credentials by purchasing a couple of Nissan Leaf electric cars for staff to use when out and about on official duty.
The pool cars will replace some of the Council’s ageing diesel-powered vans. As well as reducing climate change emissions, moving away from diesel power reduces particulate emissions and this will help improve air quality on Exeter’s streets.
Cllr Keith Owen, lead councillor for environment, health and wellbeing, said: “We are already generating electricity from solar panels mounted on several of our buildings so it makes even more sense to use battery power for our vehicle fleet.”
Recently the Council announced details of eight new electric vehicle charging points round the city to encourage more people to use electric vehicles. The free charge points have been funded thanks to the Council’s successful bid for Government funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.