A FLEET of electric vehicles was considered in cabinet today in a bid to help reduce the council's carbon emissions.

A batch of 11 ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) was discussed to replace current petrol or diesel vehicles within the council fleet.

The new vehicles will increase the fleet to 41 ULEVs which will help the council to achieve carbon net-zero – a scheme to help businesses and homes to eliminate their carbon dioxide emissions.

The use of fully electric vehicles by council departments was made possible by the installation of electric vehicle charging points for up to 30 vehicles at the council’s Smithies depot last year.

The new batch of vehicles, including those ordered for Berneslai Homes, will give a reduction in tailpipe emissions of 75 per cent compared to the vehicles they replace. This will help the council work toward its goal to achieve carbon net-zero by 2040.

Matt Gladstone, executive director for place, said: "Our vehicle replacement strategy is having a positive impact on the council's service delivery, providing a more efficient and reliable service for our residents.

“They are also helping us to significantly reduce our carbon emissions and improve air quality.

“As a council, we want to lead by example. We’re increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points available across our borough by installing them at public car parks, and as more and more people see electric vehicles out on the road, we hope more people will make the switch when it’s time to replace their own vehicles."