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North Somerset Council charges ahead with electric vehicle conversions

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2017

North Somerset Council has converted close to 40 per cent of its small van and car fleet to electric.

North Somerset Council has converted close to 40 per cent of its small van and car fleet to electric.

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Close to 40 per cent of North Somerset Council’s vehicles are now electric thanks to £130,000 of funding.

The Department for Transport aims to convert a quarter of Government cars and small vans to electric by 2021 as part of its Go Ultra Low (GUL) project, but in North Somerset that target has already been exceeded.

The council received £130,000 from the GUL project and now has 29 electric vehicles which staff can use.

The council’s executive member with responsibilities for transport Elfan Ap Rees said electric vehicles are ‘integral’ to tackling pollution issues.

Businesses in the district can now apply for grants to install charge points in the workplace and Cllr Ap Rees said: “I would urge the public and local businesses to speak to our sustainable travel team about how they can join in the electric revolution.

“There’s never been a better time to make lasting and effective changes to the way we travel.”

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