The fully electric Nissan Townstar vans will be used by a range of council inspectors, including highway, street works, public right of way and highway structure inspectors.

In preparation for the move, the council’s Highway Maintenance depot in Clutton, where the electric vehicles will operate from, recently underwent a redevelopment that included the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

Cllr Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: ‘We’re excited to introduce our first electric vehicles into our highways fleet. These new vans will lower our fuel usage and carbon emissions significantly and support our action plan to tackle the climate emergency as we strive to become a Net Zero Council.

‘These new vehicles will help our inspectors service Bath & North East Somerset sustainably for the foreseeable future.’

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