The new Nissan E-NV200 battery-powered vans are replacing old diesel vehicles as part of the council’s fleet electrification program.

Meals on Wheels drivers deliver 1,700 dinners across the city every week and cover around 73,000 miles a year.

Replacing the old vans with new zero-emission alternatives will prevent significant amounts of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere and will be more economical as the new vehicles will be cheaper to maintain.

The new vehicles are currently being fitted with ovens and fridges before they take to the streets.

The council has around 450 vehicles in its fleet which are responsible for emitting 2,500 tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide into the environment each year. This is around 25% of the council’s total emissions.

Cllr Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: ‘By replacing older, polluting diesel vehicles with zero emission electric alternatives, City of Wolverhampton Council is delivering on its pledge to be net zero by 2028.

‘The arrival of these new vans for Meals on Wheels follows hot on the heels of the electric vans which our parking services team received last month and over the comings months and years many more will be arriving.

‘I’m absolutely thrilled that our Meals on Wheels service is one of the first to benefit from the new zero-emission electric vehicles. It is one of our most popular services, delivering a hot, nutritious meal to anyone in the city who needs it, as well as a friendly face and a kind, caring driver who keeps an eye on people and takes time to have a chat.

‘Not only does the service care about its clients, but with these new vans it is demonstrating that it and the council also cares about the planet too.’