Wyre Forest staff test drive electric cars

Two senior officers from Wyre Forest District Council have been testing the latest electric vehicles.

Linda Collis, Director of Community Well-being and Environment and Mike Parker, Director of Economic Prosperity and Place were asked to test drive the new Nissan Leaf for four days as part of the council’s ongoing drive to promote cleaner, greener and safer communities.

The Team at the Depot has also been trialing the Nissan e-NV200 electric van for daily jobs.

Worcestershire County Council installed a new rapid charging point in Weaver’s Wharf as part of a county-wide initiative to reduce carbon emissions and encourage take-up of more eco-friendly vehicles.

It is now one of 12 charging points in Worcestershire and part of an ever-growing network of more than 3,000 across the UK. 

“We were asked to test-drive the cars as part of our normal daily routine, travelling to and from work as well as out and about attending meetings. I didn’t find the car very different to drive than a normal car, but I definitely noticed a difference in lower running costs,” said Director of Community Well-being and Environment, Linda Collis.

Mike Parker, Director of Economic Prosperity and Place added: “I’d never driven an electric car before this. I was surprised how well the car performed and I can see them becoming more and more popular in future. They’re not only cheaper to run but are much less damaging on the environment.”

Cllr Sally Chambers, Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said: “The council has no immediate plans to purchase any vehicles, but the trial will feed in to a wider review of how the council can reduce its carbon footprint and help create a greener and safer Wyre Forest in the future.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues