County council switches to electric on 190 vehicles
HAMPSHIRE County Council is set to replace 190 of its diesel and petrol vehicles with electric ones to help tackle carbon emissions.
The scheme follows the authority declaring a climate emergency in 2019 when it also announced it intended to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Now HCC’s cabinet member for commercial strategy, human resources and performance, Cllr Stephen Reid, has approved making suitable electric vehicles the default choice across the fleet. The transition will be phased to keep costs down.
He said: “I’m pleased that the authority will switch its fossil-fuelled vehicles to an electric alternative wherever possible.
“Electric vehicle technology has advanced to the point that it is both a cost effective and a reliable replacement for cars and small vans. This means 190 zero-emission vehicles will be joining our fleet once older vehicles come to the end of their lifecycle.”
A pilot has already successfully seen electric vehicles used by the council’s school meal catering service, asbestos management team, and highways department.
For larger commercial and specialist vehicles where electric options are less available, the council plans to explore more environmentally friendly options.
It is currently trialling the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil, a renewable fuel made from waste oil and food, in a small number of vans and trucks.