Exeter City Council Introduces Electric Fleet
By Sofy Robertson
Exeter City Council has revealed that using electric vehicles has dramatically reduced their carbon footprint.
An increasing number of the City Council’s fleet are being replaced by electric vehicles. By replacing its diesel fleet, the Council is making the city greener and saving money on its fuel bills.
A massive 75% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2010 has been measured as a result of electric pool cars being used by Council staff travelling for official duties. The overall impact of replacing the council’s aging diesel-powered vans has been a reduction in carbon emissions from the fleet by 35%.
Lead Councillor with responsibility for City Transformation, Rachel Sutton, said:
“This is great news for Exeter, making the city greener and saving money, helping to keep council tax bills down and deliver key services.” (Radio Exe)
In a further step to make a positive impact on the environment, some of the charging points are powered by renewable energy from the Council’s solar arrays mounted on its buildings.
Exeter City Council are keen to encourage electric vehicle use across a wider area and have provided six public ‘Plug & Park’ sites around the city. As electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, the Council are leading by example in its efforts to make Exeter a greener city for its citizens.