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Basingstoke council turning to electric vehicles in green drive

As part of its efforts to reduce its climate impact, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has replaced two of its fleet with new all-electric vehicles.

Cheaper to run and better for the environment than their previous fossil fuel-powered vehicles, the EV alternatives will be used by the borough’s Civil Enforcement Officers to carry out their responsibilities.

The fuel cost of EVs is just four pence per mile, in comparison to 12 pence per mile for petrol-fuelled vehicles.

Introduction of the two new EVs to the council fleet builds on work started the previous year by Cllr Hayley Eachus, the council’s portfolio holder for climate change and air quality strategy, who oversaw a decision to improve the town centre car parks with an electric charging hub, the first of its kind in Hampshire.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Eachus said: “The introduction of two all-electric vehicles for use by the parking team in the borough is a positive move which takes us a step closer to achieving our ambitious Climate Emergency target of a carbon neutral borough by 2030.

“The switch to zero emission vehicles will also help improve local air quality.

“Together with the new electric charging hub, they showcase the advantages of switching to electric vehicles and encourage the public to consider making the change with their own vehicles to reduce carbon emissions. This is also really positive in terms of improving local air quality.”

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