Two new electric vans are joining the council’s vehicle fleet.
One is already in service and the second is due to make an appearance in July.
After trialling three electric vans last summer, fleet manager, Arvin Kane said a Nissan vehicle was chosen due to its longer range, weight capacity and support from Nissan UK.
The council’s van fleet operates across frontline services such as grounds maintenance, housing repairs and facilities and is currently fuelled by diesel.
The new vans are much more cost effective and fit with the council’s vision for a low carbon district.
Charged from a mains 13 amp plug they have a range of about 140 miles on a full charge with fuel costs of just £300 per 10,000 miles, compared to the diesel equivalent of about £1,500.
Cllr Nigel Avey, Cabinet member for contracts and technical services said: “We will put these vehicles to the test, ensuring that they can fulfil the requirements of our day-to-day operations, before potentially looking at them as a replacement for the ageing diesel fleet.”
“We currently have a vehicle mechanic training on electric and hybrid motor vehicles, so we are ready for the change to fleet vehicles and hopefully service areas currently using diesel vans will buy into the idea.”
“Epping Forest District Council is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its vehicle fleet operations and this marks the beginning of our journey to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions.”