Council looking at electrifying fleet

Kerry Gosling and her petrol hybrid work vehicle. Supplied photo.

Sustainable solutions are the future of transport and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council is doing what it can to support the Government's plans to double the number of electric vehicles every year, says regional council chair Doug Leeder.

“Organisations like ours have staff like Kerry Gosling who due to the nature of their work are required to travel regularly,” says Doug.

“We are testing electric vehicle use and determining the financial viability of expanding our fleet and providing electric bikes to build an awareness amongst our staff and the wider public about the benefits of these low emission travel solutions.”

Kerry is a regional council community engagement manager who travels regularly around the Bay of Plenty talking with communities about environmental sustainability.

Kerry's work vehicle for nearly two years now has been a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a move that Kerry says has many benefits.

“Not only do I feel relieved that I am contributing to a sustainable environment by driving around in a low emission vehicle, but that my organisation is also looking at other options to help staff reduce their environmental footprint, with electric bikes purchased for use around town.”

She says charging the PHEV vehicle is easy – you simply plug it in. There are a number of stations located across the region, with a couple of these charging stations funded the Bay of Plenty Regional Council through their Bay of Connections collaborative group.

“Instead of paying $2 for a litre of petrol, charging my work vehicle equates to paying around 30 cents a litre of petrol, I don't think I have paid for fuel at that price for decades."



6 Comments

I cannot see.......

Posted on 10-03-2017 22:58 | By groutby

....the major benefits (at this stage) of one vehicle being used and even though Kerry travels to tell people about "Environmental Sustainability"..the "many" benefits appear to be in fact just two (perceived) ...at best, which are that she likes driving a low emission vehicle (that's nice), and another comment about purchasing e-bikes for 'around town" ..which legally are questionable at best. Look, I understand you need to be seen to be doing the 'right thing" but with the number of zero's behind the decimal point in terms of our emissions in world terms, our tax/rate payer money can be used in far more useful ways than this....but then, Mr Leeder is just great at spending other peoples money.......Mr Leeder, have you got one?..maybe if it's purchased without using YOUR $$$ perhaps??

Cost

Posted on 10-03-2017 13:39 | By overit

At what cost? Maybe one for those doing great distances! Its abuse of rate payers money.

Electric?

Posted on 10-03-2017 13:34 | By Roadkill

So lets burn fossil fuels to make electricity ... what a great idea.

Whats the problem?

Posted on 10-03-2017 10:04 | By jed

Council have a whole bunch of cars, surely they should consider all options when they next upgrade? I'm not sure what "Captain Sensible" and "Old trucker" are going on about. However, the council should really own cars up to the average NZ vehicle age ... and , electric cars are certainly not financially sensible for a private person (upfront cost is still too high) so I'm not sure if they are for the council either.

out of touch

Posted on 10-03-2017 08:56 | By Captain Sensible

Anyone familiar with "Animal Farm" by George Orwell?

golly gosh

Posted on 10-03-2017 08:02 | By old trucker

of cause we have to have all the BAUBLES,they spend more time looking at new cars instead of working,ifthey already have them ,(WHY) not keep getting them,Gosh all this rubbish,nothing else better to do,my thoughts only,Sunlive is No1 in the Bay,10-4 out.

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