Fife Council continues its switch to electric vehicles

Councillor Pat Callaghan receives the keys for one of the Council's latest electric vehicles from Jim Rowan, of AF Noble.
Councillor Pat Callaghan receives the keys for one of the Council's latest electric vehicles from Jim Rowan, of AF Noble.
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A further four new electric vehicles have been added to Fife Council’s fleet.

In 2011, the Council purchased its first electric vehicles – the fleet has now grown to 18, and has covered more than 200,000 miles.

Transport Scotland has part funded the purchase of new electric vehicles under the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative, which is driving forward public sector fleets’ green credentials by increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.

The Scottish Government ambitious climate change targets include phasing out all petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2050.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transportation, said: “We’re committed to freeing Fife from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles. More electric vehicles on our roads helps increase awareness among drivers of the viable alternatives to petrol and diesel cars.”

Tom Henderson, Fife Council’s service manager (fleet operations), added: “The new Nissan E200 is ideal for the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service. Not only does it run efficiently despite short trips and frequent stops, but it’s much quieter travelling around residential areas.”

The vehicles were supplied by electric vehicle specialists Alex F Noble & Son Nissan, Edinburgh.

Across Fife, there is now a network of 19 charging points located in long stay car parks in town centres and at public transport interchanges such as railway stations. Generally, drivers of electric vehicles are no more than 10 miles away from a charging point in Fife.

The Council also has plans to install three rapid chargers in Fife, which will re-charge vehicles within 30 minutes.

For more information on electric vehicles and Fife’s charging network visit Fife Council’s website