Telford & Wrekin Council has made a further step on its journey to become carbon neutral by 2030 this week as six new electric vehicles join its fleet.

In July 2019, the local authority declared a climate emergency and made a commitment to ensure its activities and operations are carbon neutral by 2030.

The arrival of the new electric vans will help to reduce the council’s emissions by around 6 tonnes CO2e per year.

The electric vans, which replace six conventional diesel vans, will be used by the Highways and Enforcement teams for work around the borough.

‘We’re really pleased to be able to start replacing the diesel vehicles that currently make up our fleet with new environmentally friendly, economical electric vehicles,’ said Cllr Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for climate change.

‘These new vans will ensure that we are fulfilling our promise to work to reduce the Council’s carbon emissions over the next decade.

‘We are already looking to add a further three electric vans to the fleet and will continue to replace the older vans as needed.’