NE Lincs Council have reaffirmed their commitment to being a low carbon county and taken steps to keep council taxes down by taking delivery of eleven new Nissan eNV200 electric vehicles. We went down to Peoples Park to see them and find out what makes them special.
The vehicles, which cost around £17,000 each following the receipt of government grants, will be used by the NELC Security, Neighbourhood Services and Vulnerable Children departments and are so quiet they’ve had to be fitted with audible warnings so that pedestrians can hear them coming.
With a range of over one hundred miles on a single charge they’ll help to cut local air pollution while taking advantage of the greening of the national grid to become increasingly environmentally friendly over the course of their lifetimes.
They’re cheap to run too, costing only £300 in fuel to cover 10,000 miles, compared to £1500 for their diesel counterparts and they’re expected to be much cheaper to maintain because there are no moving parts under the bonnet. With bigger payloads and longer projected life spans they should be a big improvement all round on the present fleet.
Councillor David Watson, portfolio holder for environment, said: “These new vehicles are much more cost effective than those that we currently operate, and they fit in with the Council’s vision for a low carbon North East Lincolnshire. The Council will put these vehicles to the test, ensuring that they can fulfil the requirements of our day-to-day operations, before potentially looking at the eNV200 as a replacement for the rest of the aging diesel fleet.”
The vehicles will be out and about soon so keep your eyes (and ears) open for them and it is hoped that they will make a big contribution towards achieving the goals the Council has set itself with its RenewNEL programme to make NE Lincs a national centre for energy efficiency and renewables.