Council adds more electric vehicles to fleet

Andrew Massie, of Midlothian Councils fleet service, is pictured with Brendan Muirhead and Mark Cunningham of the NHS facilities team.
Andrew Massie, of Midlothian Councils fleet service, is pictured with Brendan Muirhead and Mark Cunningham of the NHS facilities team.

Midlothian Council has joined forces with NHS Lothian to add three more electric vehicles to their fleets.

The new Nissan Leafs will help cut Midlothian’s carbon footprint.

Councillor Derek Rosie, Midlothian’s cabinet member for transport, said: “This is a great example of partnership working.

“The council and the NHS, based at the new community hospital in Bonnyrigg, lease the cars with the help of the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Scheme.

“As a council, we now have eight electric vehicles, including three pool cars.

“These cars are not only greener but they are also cost effective.”

For example, fully charging the battery is just £2.08. Estimates suggests this will equate to basic running costs of 2p a mile.

The vans, which are automatic and cost around £3500 a year to lease, can run for around 80 miles before the batteries need recharged. The vehicles also recharge their battery as it slows and efficient driving can have a major effect on the range that the vehicle can be operated.

Councillor Rosie added: “The new van will be great for moving around council records and goods.”

Meanwhile, the NHS is using its new vans for transporting records.