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New electric vans join the council's fleet
Date
Thu, 03 Sep 2020
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The council has taken delivery of its first electric-powered vehicles.

The four zero-emission Renault Kangoo vans have just been rolled out and are helping staff take much greener journeys as they go about their daily duties.

The electric vans have replaced four similar diesel-powered vans and will be put through their paces to see if more council vehicles can follow in their tyre tracks and be replaced by electric versions in the near future.

The council has invested almost £13,000 in leasing the vans for the next two years - but they are predicted to save the council around £20,000 in diesel fuel and maintenance costs over that time.

New electric charging points have been installed at the council's Beverley Depot, with other depots soon following suit.

Phil Burgess, interim fleet services manager, whose team procured the vehicles, said: "These electric vans are much more environmentally friendly, they'll help to reduce our carbon footprint and bring our fleet right up to date.

"We will see how these vans perform over the next few months, but we've had some very positive feedback so far.

"At the moment there isn't a huge range of electric vehicles out there, but hopefully when other vehicles come up for replacement, we'll see if we can offer an electric alternative."

One of the new vans will be used by staff in the council's street lighting team mainly for their regular night-time inspections of street lights - with a big benefit being the ultra-quiet vehicles won't disturb residents late at night.

Another will be used by the Supplies team for delivering to council buildings and schools, the third by the council's Print and Design division, and the fourth by its vehicle maintenance unit.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has more than 600 vehicles in its fleet, everything from bin lorries and roadsweepers to school minibuses.

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