The procurement is part of the council’s £8.5m vehicle replacement programme, with a further five electric vehicles set to be delivered by the end of the year.

The vehicles are being used across a variety of services: pest control, adult care, street lighting, libraries, highways, waste management, street cleaning, accommodations team and grounds maintenance.

The local authority, which is in Greater Manchester, said the vehicles would be cheaper to maintain and would reduce the council’s CO2 emissions by a minimum of 29,000kg per year.

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: ‘We are committed to becoming carbon neutral, and this investment will be good for our environment and the air we all breathe.’

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