14 Mar 2018 Last updated at 13:00

Electric vehicle sparks excitement

Staff at County Hall, Newport are learning to use a new electric vehicle this week, with the trial of a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid car.

The vehicle was received on loan last week from Leslies Motors by Councillor Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council.
 
Officers from a range of services will be trained to use the new vehicle, which will be one of the council’s pool of cars while it is evaluated.

The council will be considering electric and hybrid vehicles for future replacement of cars and vans. 

Kieran Tarrant, facilities and fleet manager, said: “This trial vehicle is already proving popular, and we are delighted to be contributing towards the council’s commitment to reducing the Island’s carbon footprint, as well as saving money in the longer term. 

“Over the lifetime of the vehicle the cost of an electric car compares favourably to the conventional vehicles we currently use, with 283 miles per gallon performance. 

“In due course I am expecting to use all six of the charging bays now provided at County Hall.”

Councillor Stewart said: “This is a great initiative; we really appreciate Leslies Motors helping us to put this car out on the road so that we can properly test its suitability. 

“I’m looking forward to hearing from council staff using it about how the vehicle performs, and I’m delighted we now have the first Isle of Wight Council electric vehicle.”

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  • Over the lifetime of the vehicle the cost of this electric car compares favourably to conventional vehicles, with 283 miles per gallon performance.
 
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