Oldham Council is taking delivery of seven new electric vehicles which will soon be in service across the borough.
The vehicles, which will be shared with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police, will replace some of the council’s ageing fleet - and the reduction in emissions will help improve air quality on the borough’s streets.
Six vehicles will be operated by district teams – one Leaf will be allocated to each area, while another is being made available for the Enforcement team.
As part of the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme a number of electric vehicle charging points are already live throughout the borough.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives, said: “Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent years and current models are now on a par with conventional vehicles in terms of driving experience and comfort, only far quieter, considerably cheaper to run and miles better for the environment.
“These new vehicles will make it easier for council officers based in our district town halls to get out and about their patches, responding to the needs of residents.
“For example if there has been a report of someone fly tipping, one of our enforcement officers can go out in the Leafand gather evidence that could lead to a prosecution.
“As a council we are committed to minimising vehicle emissions from our fleet. We also take a comprehensive approach to reducing vehicle use, including promoting more sustainable staff travel, such as using public transport and car sharing.”