Plugging in: Councils opt for electric cars in bid to cut carbon footprint

Bournemouth Echo: CUTTING EDGE: Cllr Margaret Phipps with council bosses Jonathan Ross and Peter Finney and Lindsay Cass CUTTING EDGE: Cllr Margaret Phipps with council bosses Jonathan Ross and Peter Finney and Lindsay Cass

CHRISTCHURCH and East Dorset councils have unveiled two new electric cars for staff.

The two Nissan Leaf vehicles will be used by the partnership’s civil enforcement officers as they travel between locations.

A grant of £21,000 was given by the county council’s sustainable transport fund as part of the Three Towns Travel project.

A government grant of £5,000 for each vehicle was also donated.

The full life cost of the vehicles over five years will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vans.

A council spokesperson said the cars are ideal for the civil enforcement officers as their car park duties involve short trips. The cars can be recharged overnight.

Cllr Margaret Phipps, portfolio holder for the environment at Christchurch, said: “The cars achieve an equivalent of 260 miles to the gallon, attract a zero road fund licence and have cheap servicing due to few moving parts.

“Adding the running cost savings to the environmental benefits means the vehicles are ideal.”

Cllr Mike Dyer, of East Dorset District Council, added: “These zero-emission vehicles will reduce the carbon impact of our services and cut air pollution.”

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4:40pm Sat 31 May 14

rayc says...

"The full life cost of the vehicles over five years will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vans."

I don't believe it. Is this taking the £5000 grant for each vehicle and the £21,000 Three Towns grant into account? These vehicles are not zero emission, how many emissions will be produced in the battery making and final disposal process and how much will be produced by the power generation? Is this what the Three Towns travel project was about? Seems like council's feathering their own nests to me.
"The full life cost of the vehicles over five years will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vans." I don't believe it. Is this taking the £5000 grant for each vehicle and the £21,000 Three Towns grant into account? These vehicles are not zero emission, how many emissions will be produced in the battery making and final disposal process and how much will be produced by the power generation? Is this what the Three Towns travel project was about? Seems like council's feathering their own nests to me. rayc
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Sat 31 May 14

muscliffman says...

The finances of a political madhouse....

"A grant of £21,000 was given by the county council’s sustainable transport fund as part of the Three Towns Travel project. A government grant of £5,000 for each vehicle was also donated. The full life cost of the vehicles over five years will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vans."

In other words grants of taxpayer public funds totalling £31,000 will 'save' taxpayer's just £5,000 and that is probably before the additional expense of car charging points and equipment, routine lifetime replacement batteries etc...... and have they checked the huge carbon footprint caused by the manufacture of these so called 'green' cars?

How do they get away with it?
The finances of a political madhouse.... "A grant of £21,000 was given by the county council’s sustainable transport fund as part of the Three Towns Travel project. A government grant of £5,000 for each vehicle was also donated. The full life cost of the vehicles over five years will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vans." In other words grants of taxpayer public funds totalling £31,000 will 'save' taxpayer's just £5,000 and that is probably before the additional expense of car charging points and equipment, routine lifetime replacement batteries etc...... and have they checked the huge carbon footprint caused by the manufacture of these so called 'green' cars? How do they get away with it? muscliffman
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Sat 31 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Until we have clean electricity they're not green. They're nuclear or coal powered.
Until we have clean electricity they're not green. They're nuclear or coal powered. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Sat 31 May 14

rayc says...

"A government grant of £5,000 for each vehicle was also donated."
This grant is given by a consortium of Government Departments and is paid for by the tax payer. Dorset County Council also receives funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to run projects promoting and encouraging sustainable travel in local areas.The £21,000 is therefore also paid for by the taxpayer.
It would appear then that the Council will make savings in their car parking enforcement activities at the expense of the general tax payer. Does sustainable travel really mean enabling CEO's to travel around at the taxpayers expense?
"A government grant of £5,000 for each vehicle was also donated." This grant is given by a consortium of Government Departments and is paid for by the tax payer. Dorset County Council also receives funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to run projects promoting and encouraging sustainable travel in local areas.The £21,000 is therefore also paid for by the taxpayer. It would appear then that the Council will make savings in their car parking enforcement activities at the expense of the general tax payer. Does sustainable travel really mean enabling CEO's to travel around at the taxpayers expense? rayc
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Sat 31 May 14

Tripod says...

Personally I'd have thought the money would be better spent on improving the deteriorating Public Transport in the area, it would be to benefit of the many rather than the few; we're constantly being told Public Transport is better for the environment than using Private Cars, put your (or should they be Our) money where your mouth is.
Personally I'd have thought the money would be better spent on improving the deteriorating Public Transport in the area, it would be to benefit of the many rather than the few; we're constantly being told Public Transport is better for the environment than using Private Cars, put your (or should they be Our) money where your mouth is. Tripod
  • Score: 3

11:00pm Sat 31 May 14

BIGTONE says...

An average of 84 mile range on a standard charge.
Waste of money. Strictly limits the car.
I bet they do a fair bit more than that in a days work.
An average of 84 mile range on a standard charge. Waste of money. Strictly limits the car. I bet they do a fair bit more than that in a days work. BIGTONE
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Sat 31 May 14

whataboutthat says...

Green cars - dirty lecccie aw....c'mon councillors are ye that dense?
Green cars - dirty lecccie aw....c'mon councillors are ye that dense? whataboutthat
  • Score: 3

1:11am Tue 3 Jun 14

Brian Keez says...

As an owner of a Nissan LEAF I know that the vehicles will save money for the county. There are no emissions from the car, so it is green (please don't confuse a car with a power plant). Going electric is a smart move.
As an owner of a Nissan LEAF I know that the vehicles will save money for the county. There are no emissions from the car, so it is green (please don't confuse a car with a power plant). Going electric is a smart move. Brian Keez
  • Score: -1

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