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New Environmentally Friendly Cars for Dorset Councillors

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11:34am 16th August 2013

Two Dorset Councils have got a new charge when it comes to going green.

Dorset County and West Dorset District Council are now using electric cars for their vehicle fleet.

The cars are funded by the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, and the local authorities say they will save money on fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Dorset County Council Leader, Spencer Flower, said to Wessex FM, "It is important that the council leads from the front to demonstrate what can be done to reduce our impact on the environment. We are committed to finding more environmentally sustainable ways of doing business and daily business travel is part of that. I hope we inspire businesses to follow with the innovative introduction of measures such as the use of electric pool cars in our fleet."

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould added, "We were thrilled to receive £15,000 from the county council's share of the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund to buy an electric car and a charging point. Getting the electric car contributes to the council's plans to be more environmentally friendly which has included moving to smaller, cheaper, greener offices. The car is charged with electricity some of which is generated from the solar panels on the South Walks House offices, helping to reduce the council's carbon footprint."

Along with the cars, the money has also funded a dual 32Amp Electric Vehicle Charging Point (EVCP) with two parking bays at County Hall in Dorchester. The new EVCP is said to be open to the public later this summer, accessed via chargeyourcar.org.uk, a national network of public charging points.

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