Hereford & Worcester

Redditch Borough Council in green litter purchase

A Worcestershire council has bought an electric vehicle to use for street cleaning, following trials last year.

It is the first electric vehicle Redditch Borough Council said it has bought and it will be deployed in the town centre.

It will also be trialled for litter collections, a spokesman said.

The vehicle requires no road tax and is 10p cheaper per mile than the council's eight other petrol and diesel street cleaning vehicles, they added.

Ceridwen John, the council's climate change manager, said: "When we looked at buying a new vehicle for our street cleansing operations, it became clear the electric option was better suited for our purpose as well as being better for the environment.

"As opposed to our existing petrol and diesel vehicles, the electric vehicle requires no road duty motor tax and at two pence a mile to run, it is 10 pence cheaper a mile than each of the eight other vehicles in our street cleansing fleet."

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