Cork City Council has recently replaced 76 diesel and petrol vans and cars, with electric vehicles, creating Ireland’s biggest local authority zero emissions fleet.
The council installed 30+ additional charging points around the city to facilitate the changeover.
A quarter of the council’s fleet now comprises zero emission electric vehicles. Though the council’s trucks and heavy-duty vehicles still rely on diesel or petrol, the switch has seen a 20% overall reduction in diesel consumption and will save the council €700,000 over the next five years.
“We have done this because it is the most cost-effective solution for our fleet, it’s technically viable, supports national policy and, in a city impacted by climate change, is the right and proper thing to do,” he said.
Fergus Gleeson, Senior engineer for Cork City Council and project lead
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