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Council's Electric Car Reduces Emissions In First Month

Thursday July 11 2013

Cllr Miller in the Leaf Cllr Miller in the Leaf

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).

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Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday July 11 2013 at 11:43
WOW..........I can really feel the benefits already. The air quality in town is remarkably better and my lungs are so much healthier for the introduction of this vehicle.

Mark my words, this vehicle will be costing the council/country (you and me) more than a conventional vehicle. You must not be fooled.

I note that it is Councillor Miller sat in the driving seat. I am surprised that he dares to show his face in public after all the fiascos he has been involved with.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Thursday July 11 2013 at 12:31
Councillor Miller is a hypocrite. In work he drives an eco friendly car, outside work and to and from work he drives a gret massive 4x4 tractor, for him to be pictured in this is a joke.

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday July 11 2013 at 17:35
Electric cars?
Pah, not as good as my jag!

Reply Posted by hmm on Thursday July 11 2013 at 22:14
How can employees leave their cars at home and use this one instead? Does it drive itself round to their house to pick them up in a morning or something?

And if the council want to save emissions then why not buy a fleet of bicycles that their employees can ride around the town. It's not exactly 100 miles between the town centre offices that they currently drive between. It's common for them to drive from beever court behind Oakwell to the offices in town. Lazy

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday July 14 2013 at 12:17
Hmm - use a bit of common sense, they can leave theit cars at home and use the bus, therefore there isn't a car sat in a space all day when they are using the leaf. It also saves costs from mileage claim forms.

Did you also realise that it's over a mile trek from Bedford Court to Westgate and Gateway? They have other meetings to go to, you'd only complain if they walked between these buildings wasting 10/15 mins at a time not to mention many of them need to carry equipment and papers with them...

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday July 14 2013 at 15:49
They should be made to walk from A to B in all weathers, I wished the company that I worked for supplied a car for me to use.

Reply Posted by Mappman on Sunday July 14 2013 at 23:41
Yet again this free loading **** that claims to be helping Barnsley is in it for himself. If it paid for by YOU and I the tax payers should it not be available to YOU and I to use as well this is what is wrong with Barnsley "The free loading Labour council" out to screw us tax payers out of our money. Try walking you fat lazy free loading ****.

Reply Posted by AbeFromPlevna on Monday July 15 2013 at 09:06
has the council done something with a ''wow factor''? will this save the planet? will the fat freeloading b*******s ever earn what they pay themselves? ANYONE REMEMBER MILK FLOATS?

Reply Posted by king hell the third on Monday July 15 2013 at 23:05
All this saving energy is great but as you are working your one car energy savings out.
How much fossil fuel is used to create the electricity to charge this car .
How much fossil fuel has it used to make the batterys.
How much fossil fuel has it used to bring the said batterys to the uk and how much did it cost to buy a car that will do 109 miles on a full charge and stop.....
Get a bike or better still go to mars and stay there

Reply Posted by king hell the third on Monday July 15 2013 at 23:22
Also i would like to add that there are a lot of greenhouse gases from charging these electric vehicles so i think at 15grand + for this car it is a no no in saving the world.
The same goes for vege cars running on oil now we chop the rain forests up to grow more g m crops to fuel our less polluting cars...sorry another no no in saving the world.
So what is the answer.
Well a comet the size of. sheffield may hammer some good ideas into a thick humam brain.
Or we could do like all the other tens of thousands of earthly creatures and learn to live without them like we used to

Reply Posted by lol on Saturday August 3 2013 at 17:18

Reply Posted by Craig on Saturday August 3 2013 at 17:19
i agree

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