Plug-in hy­brids added to fleet

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil has added two plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles to its fleet.

Coun­cil staff formed a think tank ear­lier this year to come up with “green” ini­tia­tives and the cars were an idea that came out of this.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Leanne Mash said pur­chas­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles was seen as an easy step to re­duce coun­cil’s car­bon foot­print and show lead­er­ship in sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives.

‘‘The plug in hy­brid was the best tech­nol­ogy fit for both our ru­ral district and coun­cil’s driv­ing needs. As well as im­proved fuel econ­omy, these ve­hi­cles pro­duce fewer emis­sions than con­ven­tional ve­hi­cles which is bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.’’

The cars had been branded with the slo­gan A Bet­ter Way to re­flect one of the re­gional val­ues - ‘Adding Value’.

The coun­cil had also bought the con­ven­tional petrol model of the Mit­subishi Out­lander for com­par­i­son and to mea­sure their im­pact, Mash said.

Rev­enue and fi­nanc­ing man­ager Jamie Cun­ning­ham said the plug in hy­brids han­dled ‘‘re­ally nicely be­cause of the low cen­tre of grav­ity from the bat­ter­ies’’.

‘‘We’re also get­ting good fuel econ­omy from them. I re­mem­ber one of the build­ing in­spec­tors re­cently re­mark­ing to me that he’d man­aged to get three litres per hun­dred kilo­me­tres on his daily round.’’

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil’s rev­enue and fi­nanc­ing man­ager Jamie Cun­ning­ham.

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