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Leeds City Council adds 122 electric vans to its fleet

Leeds City Council Renault Kangoo ZE

Leeds City Council has added 122 Renault Kangoo ZE compact vans to electrify its vehicles used for property maintenance and civil enforcement.

Twenty of the new models will also be made available to local businesses through its new EV Trials Scheme.

Councillor James Lewis, deputy leader at Leeds City Council, said: “Not only are zero emission vans better for the environment and air that our communities breathe, but they are also cheaper to run and maintain than traditional vehicles.

“We know that switching to EVs feels like it would be a leap in the dark for some, so we’re looking forward to sharing the benefits of these vans free of charge with businesses and charities across West Yorkshire as part of our EV Trials scheme.”

West Yorkshire businesses and organisations are able to enjoy a free two month trial of the electric vans.

Each van will be equipped with telematics devices, which will gather journey and charging data, with users receiving a tailored report highlighting the findings and the environmental and potential financial benefits that transitioning to an electric vehicle can generate for their business or organisation.

The Renault Kangoo ZEs will make up nearly half of the 50 electric vans and cars that are available to trial.

The addition of the new Kangoos to Leeds City Council’s working fleet will boost the amount of all-electric vehicles it uses in the upkeep of the region to more than 330. 

The all-electric vans replace several older, less efficient vehicles, with others being added due to the growth and scope of Leeds City Council services.

Leeds City Council will charge its new vehicles via its existing charge points and is also in the process of procuring a new charging infrastructure.

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