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North Lanarkshire Council goes electric

Date: 25 May 2011

North Lanarkshire Council has boosted its environmentally-friendly credentials by adding a dozen electric Mitsubishi i-Mievs to its car pool scheme.

Councillor Helen McKenna, governor of the Environmental Services committee, said the addition of the zero emission vehicles to the fleet would demonstrate that there are "working alternatives to petrol vehicles out there".

The council said it was also attracted to the iMiev's comparatively inexpensive running costs. There is no road tax and the cars cost as little as £1.05 to charge overnight, which then enables them to run for 93 miles.

The council claimed the iMievs would deliver 6% savings mile for mile compared to an equivalent petrol vehicle.

Kenneth Wilson, head of Land Services at Lanarkshire Council said: "We expect to generate savings of more than £150,000 in the next 18 months through our pool car scheme."

Wilson added that the cost of buying the iMievs had been substantially funded by a grant of £215,000 from the Sustainability Carbon Trust.

Mitsubishi Motors' UK boss Lance Bradley described the iMiev as "perfect for urban driving, deliberately designed as a small, compact city car with the ability to nip in and out of traffic and park in the tightest of spaces."

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