Coventry City Council is hoping to add electric bin lorries to its fleet following a successful trial of the vehicles.

The council borrowed the lorry from Dennis Eagle, and found out it would be used for a nine-hour shift after charging for six hours 45 minutes.

Steven Wightman, the council's waste operations manager, said: 'It is important for crews that the electric vehicles can match the performance of our usual lorries, particularly in terms of payload, reliability and manoeuvrability.

'We are pleased to have had the opportunity to trial this new technology and look forward to the day when the electric fleet operates throughout the city.'

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services said: 'We were really excited to trial one of these new fully electric refuse vehicles this week. What a difference it will make to the environment and for health if we can switch to an electric bin fleet.'