Colchester Borough Council has unveiled a new fleet of six electric vehicles, as part of its commitment to have a fully carbon neutral fleet by 2030.
The Toyota Proace City Electric vans, which produce no harmful Nitrous Oxide and zero CO2 emissions whilst operating, will be deployed around the borough by the council’s Street Care & Safety and Pest Control teams.
The new vehicles will take to the roads this month – all fully liveried to showcase the services the council provides.
With zero exhaust emissions, the switch to EV vehicles is a positive step for the council as it continues to extend and expand its commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency.
Cllr Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Waste, said: “It’s great to know that our Neighbourhood teams will not only benefit from reliable and efficient vehicles but that our communities will, too, from quieter engines and significantly reduced air pollution.
“As our current vehicles reach the end of their life, we will replace them with more eco-friendly ones. We hope that, leading by example, will convince others to follow, helping us make Colchester’s air even cleaner.”
The council’s aim to transition to a fully EV fleet is detailed in its Carbon Management Plan to 2030. Developed in partnership with the Carbon Trust and the Energy Savings Trust, the plan sets out the council’s journey to becoming net zero carbon for its operations.
This project is just one of several measures being developed by the council in response to the climate emergency. Find out more about what the council is doing to combat the climate emergency.