New ultra low emission vehicles added to fleet

East Lothian Council is continuing to build a green transport fleet with the addition of 11 new Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, funded by Transport Scotland. This increases the current fleet to 28 Electric Vehicles ranging from cars to small and large vans replacing older diesel models.

The new vehicles include Nissan env200 panel vans for use by the Countryside Ranger Service, Amenity Services, Transport Services and Safer Communities. BMW i3 cars for pool use and a Renault Master EV for Library Services.

Funding for the new vehicles was made possible thanks to a grant of £167,225 from Transport Scotland’s Switched On Fleets Programme.

Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “East Lothian Council has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions as part of our overall Climate Change strategy launched earlier this year. Whilst the Scottish Government has stated its intention to end of the sale of new petrol or diesel cars in Scotland by 2032 we are already starting to replace internal combustion vehicles within the council fleet to newer ultra low emission electric models. The availability of the Switched On Fleets funding means that we have been able to increase the number of new Electric Vehicles originally planned.”

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2020