IN AN an effort to reduce vehicle emissions, Solihull Council have ordered 14 new electric vehicles (EV’s) that are due to be delivered between now and summer 2023. Switching to EVs will play an important part in the Council’s operations becoming net zero by 2030.
The investment comes on the back of the Council recently updating its EV Strategy and approving a new EV Action Plan.
The pictured vehicle, a Toyota Proace City Electric, will be used by the internal post team.
Switching to an electric vehicle will eliminate approximately 160 miles worth per week of CO² emissions compared to their previous combustion engine vehicle.
With the price of petrol and diesel soaring this year, it’ll also cost the Council considerably less to charge the vehicles, despite rising energy costs.
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change said: “When it comes to replacing our vehicles as they come towards the end of their leases, environmental benefits and operational costs are guiding factors in our decisions and I’m delighted to see another batch of Council vehicles becoming electric.
“We’re an ambitious council when it comes to zero emission transport and we intend to use our position as one of the largest employers in the borough to show that a rapid transition towards EVs is possible and can bring numerous benefits.”