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Council’s new green wheels hit the streets

Councillors Andy Stafford and Joy Squires with the fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrierLook out for a colourful new addition to Worcester’s busy streets, as Worcester City Council introduces another electric vehicle to its fleet.

The five-seat fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrier will help transport waste collection staff and other council workers around the city as part of their daily routine to keep Worcester clean and green.

It replaces an old petrol car and is another contribution to the City Council’s efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions.

The new vehicle has been welcomed to the ranks by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillors Joy Squires and Andy Stafford.

Cllr Squires said: “With a range of 120 miles, the new van is ideal for transporting staff between our Warndon depot and the city centre, and for getting extra crew members to help with waste collection rounds if additional support is needed.”

Cllr Stafford added: “This latest addition means we now have five fully electric vehicles in the City Council’s fleet. We’ll continue to monitor the electric and hybrid sector to see what other environmentally-friendly vehicles are available to join our fleet when the time comes.”

City Council workers can use charging points at the Warndon depot and in the city centre to make sure the new vehicle and the Council’s other four electric vans have enough “juice” to run on. However, the new people carrier’s braking system also helps to charge the battery, so it is expected to run for three or four days without needing a full charge.

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