Two new electric vehicles have been added to the Streets Ahead fleet to support Sheffield City Council’s aim of reducing carbon emissions.

The vans – which will be powered by electric charging points at the Streets Ahead Depot – will be used to transport technicians across the city when carrying out their site checks.

They will be assessed over the next six months to compare the energy and cost savings against diesel vehicles and the results will inform future investment decisions.

Mark Dearns, Streets Ahead’s Fleet Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to introduce these new cars to our fleet of vehicles to help further reduce Streets Ahead’s carbon footprint.

“We’ll trial the vehicles for the next six months and if they prove to be cost effective and a more eco-friendly way of working we will look to replace further vehicles with electric versions. It is anticipated that these vehicles will help us to reduce our overall emissions and make Sheffield a greener place to live.”

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “As part of the 25 year Street’s Ahead contract, we hope to make Sheffield a greener place to live.

“It’s hoped that these electric vehicles will help reduce the emissions in and around the city and introduce a new low- emission way of working going forwards which will ultimately improve our air quality for generations to come.”

For more information about Streets Ahead visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead and follow @sccstreetsahead on Twitter.