Elec­tric fleets are help­ing to spark a green rev­o­lu­tion

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Richard Youle 01792 545553 [email protected]­line.co.uk

SEEN but rarely heard, Swansea Coun­cil’s grow­ing num­ber of elec­tric vans are def­i­nitely go­ing places.

The equiv­a­lent of eight times around the globe last year, in fact.

The au­thor­ity now has 40 elec­tric ve­hi­cles, which cov­ered just over 200,000 miles in 2018-19.

While this re­mains a fraction of the es­ti­mated eight mil­lion miles cov­ered an­nu­ally by its 800-strong fleet, Swansea Coun­cil said it now has the high­est num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cles out of Wales’s 22 author­i­ties.

It has spent £214,994 in the past two fi­nan­cial years on these quiet work­horses, in an­swer to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, mean­while, has six elec­tric ve­hi­cles which cov­ered 17,425 miles in 2018-19. There were no pur­chas­ing or leas­ing costs over the last two years. The ru­ral au­thor­ity’s to­tal fleet mileage per year is five mil­lion.

Trans­port chiefs in Swansea said they will con­sider bio­fuel and hy­dro­gen fuel cell-pow­ered ve­hi­cles as part of their green fleet pol­icy.

They said route plan­ning soft­ware was also used to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion. Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are likely to be­come more main­stream ev­ery­where, ben­e­fit­ing air qual­ity but re­quir­ing a sig­nif­i­cant rise in low-car­bon elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion to un­der­write cre­den­tials.

Speak­ing in Jan­uary, Coun­cil­lor An­drea Lewis, cab­i­net mem­ber for homes and en­ergy, said: “Fol­low­ing the ap­proval of our green fleet pol­icy we will be look­ing at in­fra­struc­ture for publicly ac­ces­si­ble charg­ing points.” their green

One of Swansea Coun­cil’s elec­tric vans.

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