Barnsley Council's new fleet of energy-efficient hybrids are hitting the road as part of the Zero 40 strategy. The two hybrids have been purchased as part of the ongoing priority to reduce the borough's carbon footprint, which will later see the introduction of electric vehicles and other technology to achieve the council's target of zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The investment is part of the council's commitment to put additional funding into services that have a direct benefit to local people and their communities across the borough. Through the council's work to #ProtectIt, the vehicles will be used for the council's large item collection to encourage residents to recycle their household goods, reduce fly-tipping, while reducing carbon emissions.
The self-charging hybrids boast up to 23% more fuel efficiency than the vehicles they have replaced through a combination of an electric motor and diesel engine. They're designed to be more energy-efficient by using wasted energy to charge their batteries, instead of using mains electricity, which can power the vehicle for up to 7mph before the diesel engine kicks in. Through its five-tonne capacity, the new fleets are set to reduce the council's carbon footprint by reducing the need to make extra trips.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: "We're pleased to have invested in a new fleet of vehicles with an improved performance than the vehicles we have replaced.
"Our commitment to the Zero 40 strategy has already seen a number of initiatives, and the replacement of our fleet with hybrid vehicles is a positive step towards this goal. We're confident that not only will this benefit our communities, but it will also have a great impact on our environment too."
Residents are reminded that they can help to protect our wonderful borough by disposing of their large items responsibly and arranging a collection at barnsley.gov.uk/large-item-collection.