A new fleet of electric vehicles have been introduced at County Hall in Chichester as West Sussex Council County takes steps to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
Four pool cars have been unveiled for staff to use when making essential business trips and the vehicles have already proved to be very popular.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The government has announced plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. We want to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in the county and as a first step we are introducing electric cars for staff to use on a six month trial basis.
“Introducing electric vehicles will not only help us to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, but it will also reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”
The vehicles are only available at Chichester at this stage, but may be rolled out to other council hubs if the trial is successful.
Deborah added: “As well as the environmental benefits, the new vehicles will also provide financial savings in the long-run as low emission vehicles are less costly to maintain and cheaper to run. They’re also exempt from road fund licencing.”