The machine replaces diesel-powered vehicles and can complete an 8-hour shift on a single charge.

It uses a cold-applied paint product rather than the usual hot paint material, which the council said would make line painting quieter and would mean the markings last longer.

Reading BC lead councillor for environmental services Karen Rowland said: ‘Bringing more highway operations in house, such as line marking with the new electric vehicle, means we are able to respond quicker to residents’ requests.’

Cllr Rowland said the new machine would also cut costs by reducing reliance on contractors and would offer opportunities for staff to upskill.

Local Council Roads Innovation Group chief executive Paula Claytonsmith said: ‘The great thing about what Reading is doing is it is delivering innovation with its team and suppliers.

‘The electric road marking vehicle will make a great difference and have a big impact from an environmental perspective.’