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Electric vans now part of fleet to fix streets


Gloucestershire County Council has unveiled three new plug-in electric highways vans, which will be used to help repair roads across the county. 


Pollution from traffic makes up about 34 per cent of Gloucestershire’s total carbon emissions so the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles plays a key part in the council’s fight against climate change. The county council announced earlier this month that it has cut its net corporate CO2 emissions by 97 percent since 2006/7, and work continues to do more.

The three ultra low emission vans are 100 percent electric, and will be used by highways employees who are out and about inspecting Gloucestershire’s roads.

Highways inspectors can drive between 15,000 and 20,000 miles a year. The three electric vans will together save up to 16.2 tonnes* of CO2e** each year.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said, “Switching to electric vehicles where we can is one way to bring down carbon emissions. This is a really exciting and I hope this is an important step in seeing more electric vehicles across the council and across our county. “

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for climate change, said, “Electric vehicles have a key role to play in helping us cut carbon.  Over the last year we have seen a significant take up of electric vehicles using charging points around the county.  While we’ve cut the council’s carbon emissions by 97 per cent there’s still much more to do.

“If residents have ideas for possible locations for charging points we would like to hear from you – please email


Nick Radford, divisional manager for Ringway, said, “These new electric vans are part of Ringway’s shift towards rethinking highways. We are investing in low carbon and electric vehicles and tools across the whole of our service, and are delighted to bring this innovation to Gloucestershire. Working together, we are investing in highways today, as well investing in new ways of working that deliver a greener future for the highways partnership and local people.”

More information on Gloucestershire’s Electric Vehicle Strategy will be announced early next year.


Carbon emissions information:

  • *The three electric vans will altogether save up to an estimated 10.8 tonnes of CO2e* when charged using standard grid electricity, and up to 16.2 tonnes of CO2e* when charged using onsite renewable electricity.
  • **CO2e = ‘carbon dioxide equivalent’, which is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints. The idea is to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of warming (global warming potential).  That way, a carbon footprint consisting of lots of different greenhouse gases can be expressed as a single number.  The conversion factors used in the UK are published annually by Government – Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting.  Figures quoted use the 2020 factors for a medium car, miles.

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