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West Oxfordshire to switch-on to electric powered vehicles

West Oxfordshire to switch-on to electric powered vehicles West Oxfordshire District Council is gearing up to go greener after trialling electric vans in its operational fleet.

Council workers in Environmental Services have been using two Goupil G3 electric vehicles that are not only non-polluting but also exempt from road tax, MOT testing and requiring minimal maintenance.

The electric vans would replace the petrol equivalent reducing carbon footprint by 1.5 tonnes a year.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The Council is committed towards being more environmentally responsible and we want to take the lead in making West Oxfordshire one of the greenest district’s in the country.

“These vehicles not only benefit the environment but are also cost effective.”

Bob Lightfoot, West Oxfordshire’ District Council’s Environmental Operations Manager (pictured) has been testing the vehicle.

He said: “My team have been very impressed with these vehicles as they’re very straightforward to use and with no engine noise have little impact on the community.”

The vehicle requires only a small overnight electric charge.

Posted : 09/05/2012 17:14:46

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