Photo of Councillor John Reynolds in the electric van

Wolverhampton Homes is doing its bit to help make Wolverhampton a cleaner and greener city after taking delivery of two new 100% electric vans as part of its vehicle fleet.

With the government hoping that 75% of cars will be ultra-low emissions by 2050, Wolverhampton Homes is investing in the new vehicles in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint across the city.

The first two electric vehicles are set to hit the roads of the city next month and housing bosses claim that over the next six years the vehicles will save nearly 12 tonnes of CO2 compared to their petrol counterparts. The vehicles are also expected to save £1,300 a year on fuel each – costing around just 7 pence per mile to run.

There are now more than 5,000 charging points for electric vehicles in the UK, with Wolverhampton Homes having received funding to install three across the city so the vans can be recharged.

Shaun Aldis, the Director of Property Services at Wolverhampton Homes said:

"Helping to make Wolverhampton cleaner and greener is really important to us. Electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream now and it’s exciting to think that we’ll be one of the first companies in the city to add electric vehicles to our fleet."

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Services in Wolverhampton has taken the new vehicles out for a test drive and said:

"Driving an electric vehicle was absolutely amazing. It was quiet and smooth with super acceleration. I very much hope they will catch on and the council and other users can do their bit to help the environment and stop global warming."

Each of the vans, which are being used by the Wolverhampton Homes concierge teams to drive from estate to estate, will travel for more than 70 miles before needing to be recharged.

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