Council adds three EVs to its fleet

Published on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:10
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has chosen to invest in three new electric vehicles (EVs) in an effort to tackle the rising cost of fuel



While the UK is suffering from soaring fuel prices, remote rural areas of Scotland are being hit the most, and SBC has decided to spend a £105,000 grant on three new Citreon C-Zeros as part of a pilot scheme launched by the Scottish government, the Southern Reporter revealed.

The low carbon vehicle procurement scheme will see SBC purchase three EVs and pay for three electric charging points, if the plans are approved.

Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre, executive member for the environment, told the news provider: "We are at the beginning of the era of electric cars - the transport of the future - and it is excellent that the council is able to use this grant to promote sustainable transport and allow us to make savings in the essential services delivered by our social workers."

The social work department is one of the largest car-users in the local authority and will use the EVs as part of its daily services.



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