The new fully electric 14 seat minibus replaces an older diesel vehicle and is part of the council’s fleet electrification programme.

The minibus will take children and young adults to a variety of schools and colleges both in and out of the city.

Cllr Craig Collingswood, cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change, said: ‘Our new electric minibus has a longer lifespan compared to the diesel alternative and provides both maintenance and fuel cost savings.

‘But most importantly, it’s had the thumbs up from the children and young people who travel on it. Our SEND pupils and parents love the quieter environment during transport. And our drivers have also commented on how much they enjoy the smoothness of the drive.

‘Our fleet electrification programme is a key part of our work to becoming net zero by the end of 2028 and I am pleased to see that this electric minibus has been welcomed by both young people and drivers.’

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