Plug-in hybrids added to fleet
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.’’
Central Otago District Council’s revenue and financing manager Jamie Cunningham.