Funding boost to help County Council vehicles go green - The Evesham Observer

Funding boost to help County Council vehicles go green

Evesham Editorial 17th Mar, 2024   0

A RESEARCH project to see whether council vehicles can be fully electrified has received a £25,000 cash boost.

The money will fund a feasibility study looking into whether the depot at Warndon, home to waste collection, highway maintenance and other Worcester City and Worcestershire County Council vehicles can be fully electrified.

The grant has been greenlit by the Midlands Net Zero Hub to help the two councils reach their net zero ambitions.

The study will look into the power requirements for running a full fleet of electric vehicles from the Warndon depot, the capacity of the power grid in the area and whether any upgrade is required.

The authority has set aside £40,000 to support the study at the Warndon depot and to fund similar work at its smaller depot sites at Perdiswell, St Martin’s Gate, Cripplegate Park and Astwood Crematorium.

The County Council will also contribute £7,000 to the feasibility study for Warndon depot.

Work on the feasibility study at the Warndon depot will be completed before July 31.

Midlands Net Zero Hub Projects Manager Alex Pearson said: “The Midlands Net Zero Hub is delighted to support the councils by providing some funding towards this study.

“This funding follows on from the successful ‘Electrification of Depots’ guide produced by the Hub and made available to councils across the Midlands.”

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