Eco friendly council....20 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:24 AM

Staff at Kent County Council can go eco-friendly when they drive to business meetings from County Hall headquarters.

The council has acquired a combined petrol-electric powered car to help protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide and fuel consumption. Staff can book the ‘pool’ car in advance for meetings under a three-year lease arrangement.

The Toyota Prius has a state-of-the-art engine which automatically switches from unleaded petrol to the electric motor at different speeds. It also has regenerative braking which means the battery is recharged by electrical energy when the car brakes.

KCC’s Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, who is pictured at the wheel, said: “We want to encourage more staff to use public transport to get to work and drive the eco-friendly car from County Hall to meetings.

This is an exciting, innovative scheme and a good step in the right direction.�

The ecocar was one of several initiatives running this week to promote the County Hall Travel Plan to KCC staff and Kent companies during European Mobility Week.