The Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership has launched their first two electric cars after a grant of £21,000 was secured by the County Council.
The two new Nissan Leaf vehicles, which were funded by Dorset County Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will be used by the Partnership’s Civil Enforcement Officers on their car park duties.
These duties involve short day-time journeys between Christchurch and East Dorset, enabling the cars to be charged at night.
Councillor Mike Dyer, lead member for the Environment at East Dorset District Council, said: “One of our Corporate Plan objectives is to lead by example in our own environmental performance.
"Having these zero-emission vehicles will reduce the carbon impact of our services and cut air pollution.”
The Council’s £21,000 grant was supplemented by a government Plug-In Car Grant of £5,000 for each vehicle.
The Nissan Leaf achieves an equivalent of over 260 miles to the gallon, includes a zero road fund licence and cheaper servicing due to fewer moving parts.
The life time cost of the two vehicles will be £36,000 less than two diesel-powered vehicles.
Councillor Peter Finney from Dorset County Council said: “This project by the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership is an ideal example of providing sustainable means of transport in the county.
"We were pleased to be able to finance it from our Sustainable Transport Fund.”