AN electrically-powered car used by Barnsley Council employees has helped to reduce its carbon emissions in its first month in operation.

The Nissan Leaf travelled 1,106 miles to site visits and business meetings - which saved 0.353 tonnes in carbon emissions.

The vehicle costs just 2p per mile to run, incurs no road tax and has a range of approximately 109 miles on a full charge.

It brings other benefits, too. Employees who have somewhere in the borough to visit on business can leave their own car at home that day and this in turn can free up town centre car parking spaces and further reduces carbon emissions.

The purchase price of the vehicle was covered by grant funding from the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (£14,500) and the Air Quality and Climate Group (£7,000).