Sheffield City Council has added 12 electric cars and 4 electric vans to its’ fleet – the first step towards achieving an ultra-low emissions fleet over the next 6 years. The electric vehicles will be used for the Home Library deliveries, as well as by environmental health and parking services.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Bob Johnson and Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, Councillor Mark Jones were so keen to show their support, that they decided to give green a go with a test drive in the new electric Library service van themselves.
Watch Bob and Mark’s electric adventure here:
Councillor Bob Johnson said: “From the recent consultation on the Clean Air Zone, people told us they’re concerned about range, speed and practicality of electric vehicle use. By starting to get our fleet electrified, we’re putting our money where our mouth is and proving that it is possible to go electric should you have the will.
“As we know, electric vehicles are significantly less polluting than diesel counterparts and the maintenance and fuel costs are also significantly lower.
“It’s exciting that the council is working towards an ultra-low emissions fleet over the next 6 years. We’re focusing on upgrading the oldest and most polluting diesel vehicles first, with electric or ultra-low emissions vehicles as the ideal replacement. With all our replacement vehicles they will need to be compliant with the planned Clean Air Zone.
Councillor Mark Jones added: “It sets out the right message about what the council is doing and where we’re going. It shows the ambition of the city. The future is definitely electric for Sheffield. Hopefully this is just the start of it.”
Do Councillors dream of an electric fleet? You bet they do.