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Islington is first Council to introduce electric vehicles

Islington Borough Council has announced it will be the first local authority in the UK to introduce pure electric Modec vehicles to its fleet.

The zero emission, battery powered vehicle will go into service this June as part of a wide range of new green initiatives being employed by the Council. It will be used specifically for highways maintenance and will be the first vehicle on call for emergency repairs during the night due to its virtually silent operation.

Chris Rutherford, fleet and depot manager for Islington Council said: “We have implemented the use of many alternative fuels in the borough and most recently electric vehicles with performance rivalling conventional engines in a London borough the size of Islington. The benefits of silent running vehicles with zero emissions are obvious and we are hoping to install solar panels into the depot to ensure the vehicle is run entirely on renewable energy.”

Cllr Lucy Watt, Executive Member for Environment, Islington Council said: “If we want to become Britain’s greenest local authority – that means we must lead by example. Greening the fleet is a sound investment towards this goal. Choosing electric-powered vehicles keeps us efficient and puts us in pole position in the race to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.”

Geoff Reyner, sales and marketing director for Modec said: “The Modec vehicle is not only hugely capable and cost effective, but it allows local authorities like Islington Borough Council to demonstrate in practical terms that they care about the environment. It provides a real alternative to diesel technology and is ideal for a wide range of daily use applications such as waste and recycling management, leisure and amenity maintenance, school and hospital deliveries.”

After an overnight charge the Modec vehicle drives all day; covering over 100 miles, accelerating swiftly to a governed maximum speed of 50 mph while carrying a payload of two tonnes. Incurring zero congestion charge, zero road tax and zero operator license the Modec is practical and cost-effective. The current range includes chassis cabs, flatbeds and box vans.