BARNSLEY Council will purchase 125 new vehicles - at a cost of up to £6.1m - including an electric bin lorry which will cost £450,000.

An electric refuse collection vehicle will be bought and used primarily to collect commercial waste - to assess the suitability of them for wider use across the borough.

Deputy leader of the council, Coun Chris Lamb, said: “Currently 15 per cent of the council operated fleet are fully electric, our ambition is to minimise emissions as much as possible.

“We’ve also started exploring alternative fuels to diesel.

“We will continue to monitor modern developments, and always buy electric vehicles where available.

“If not, we will explore low-emission alternatives.”