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Dorset councils fire up their green machines
COUNCILS in Dorset are going green with new clean vehicles.
Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council will now be using electric cars for their vehicle fleet in a bid to save money and reduce carbon emissions.
The green machines have been funded from the £2.4million government local sustainable transport fund and will be used by staff travelling on council business.
The councils say the British-made vehicles have a range of 100 miles per charge.
With a fuel cost of around 3p/mile, the councils say the electric cars compare favourably with the 45p/mile rate staff can claim when they use their own cars for 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.
“We are committed to finding more environmentally sustainable ways of doing business and daily business travel is part of that.”
He said: “Getting the electric car contributes to the council’s plans to be more environmentally friendly which has included moving to smaller, cheaper, and much 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.”
He added: “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.”
The new electric charging point will be open to the public later this summer, accessed via chargeyourcar.org.uk.
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