Council charging ahead with electric vehicle fleet

North Somerset Council has already exceeded targets set by central government calling on all local authorities and government departments to convert more of their fleet to electric power, four years ahead of schedule.

The Department for Transport’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) previously announced the Go Ultra Low (GUL) project which aims to convert 25% of all government small van and car fleet, including pool vehicles, to electric by 2021.

And North Somerset Council is charging ahead, having already converted a higher proportion of its fleet to electric – well ahead of the 2021 deadline.

Thanks to nearly £130,000 received in funding from the GUL project, the council has converted 37% of its van and car fleet to electric vehicles and now has 29 electric vehicles which staff can use, with the authority encouraging employees to use the electric vehicles as alternatives to fossil fuel powered engines.

And businesses across North Somerset have been given the opportunity to use GUL funded business grants and install charge points at the workplace. So far over £30k in grants have been awarded to local businesses.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highway and transport, said: “Electric vehicles are integral to tackling the air pollution issues facing the UK and working with the West of England Partnership and OLEV gives North Somerset a unique opportunity to lead by example and embrace the new technology.

“I would urge the public and local businesses to speak to our sustainable travel team about how they can join in the electric revolution. There’s never been a better time to make lasting and effective changes to the way we travel”.

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