City of Wolverhampton Council has taken delivery of a new electric mini excavator to replace its old diesel version.

The excavator is the first of its kind at the council and will be used for ground works and environmental maintenance.

Wolverhampton has pledged to become carbon net zero by the end of 2028 and is undergoing fleet electrification to help achieve this, with 34 electric vehicles now used across a range of services including meals on wheels, environmental and waste, bereavement, children’s and the council’s parks team.

It has also installed 31 chargers in its depots. Cabinet member for environment and climate change Craig Collingswood said: ‘We use vehicles across a wide range and number of our services and it is important that we replace worn-out stock with cleaner, greener alternatives.

‘Our fleet electrification programme is an important part of our climate change strategy which aims to significantly reduce our carbon emissions: not only will the new vehicles help the environment, they are also cheaper to run than the older diesel vehicles helping us to make savings.’

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