Test Valley Borough Council has invested in two electric cars so that its parking team can travel around the borough more efficiently and with lower running costs.
The new cars mean that officers can travel more than 80 miles after just one charge and will never need to stop for fuel. They are also quiet, sustainable and require less maintenance.
Planning Policy and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Martin Hatley, said: “We have two public charging points in the borough, one in Andover and one in Romsey, but the cars the council has purchased will be charged from a standard socket overnight. The new vehicles will save the Council time and money and will mean that the officers who are out and about in the borough will be carrying out their duties much more efficiently.”
Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, added: “This will be welcome news to all our residents who care about the environment, and I know there are many. I’m delighted that we have been able to provide our staff with these cars.”
The new cars replace the Council’s old vehicles which had come to the end of their economic life.