HCC's first electric vehicles
Residents of Hampshire generally will be pleased to hear of a double win—in economic and environmental senses.
Hampshire County Council has rolled out its first electric vehicles. Fuel costs for these vehicles will be 97% lower than the equivalent diesels. HCC is also looking at which vehicles in its 156 small vehicle fleet could be replaced with electrics. This could save over £200,000 every year.
The first win is controlling costs and hence our council tax.
The second win is in reduced carbon emissions helping to give us cleaner air in Hampshire and contribute to reducing the effects of global warming. Electric vehicles could save an estimated 400 tonnes of carbon emissions. Around 40 new electric vehicle charging points are also planned at sites across Hampshire—including country parks—with some available for public use.
The council continues to look at all ways to save costs and reduce carbon emissions. HCC has already saved nearly £30 million in energy costs over the past seven years after cutting its carbon emissions by 38% since 2010.
It has now set a more ambitious target to cut carbon 50 per cent by 2025.