Richmondshire District Council has taken delivery of a new electric car.
Officials say the electric vehicle is being used by staff needing to travel around the district on council business and is helping to reduce the authority’s carbon footprint.
The council said it would also bring down costs by removing the mileage normally paid for personal car use.
“This a great new addition to the Richmondshire fleet and one that will bring in considerable savings for the council,” said spokesman Councillor Phillip Wicks.
“It is hoped it will cover around 10,000 miles a year, saving over 1,700g of CO2 emissions – the equivalent to over 900 litres of petrol. This will also save the council about £4,000.
“One of our users has already commented how much she likes to use the car saying it is not only great to drive but is raising the awareness of using these vehicles in rural areas as opposed to cities – and she is reducing our carbon footprint along the way!”
The car is charged at the council’s Richmond based depot and has a range of over 200 miles when fully charged.