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Caerphilly’s catering team lead the way with electric vehicles

Credit: Caerphilly Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council is continuing to take great strides in delivering on its commitment to help tackle the climate crisis and lower carbon emissions.

Caerphilly Council have taken delivery of brand new electric vehicles as part of the authority’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.

The Catering Team is the first service to take delivery of electric vehicles, the vans are fully equipped with electric ovens to deliver meals to the elderly and vulnerable as part of the Meals Direct Service, a further 6 vans for the Building Cleaning Service arrived shortly after.

The move to electric vehicles was made possible following the Cabinet’s decision to support the installation of EV charging points at Tir y Berth, Tredomen House and Penallta House allowing up to 100 vehicles to be charged.

Public electric vehicle charge points were recently installed in 11 Council owned car parks in the county borough, as part of a Gwent-wide project which saw sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent.

The project was delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities. A grant of £465,000 was provided for the project from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority.

Cllr Jamie Pritchard, Deputy Leader commented, “Caerphilly County Borough Council has already made significant progress in delivering its commitment to lower carbon emissions and protect the environment; with the recent installation of further electric vehicle charging points across the borough.

“Both our Catering department and Building Cleaning Service are currently leading the way with the use of their electric vehicles and we will endeavour to introduce further electric vehicles within our fleet as soon as we are able.

“We will continue to take great strides in delivering on our commitment to help tackle the climate crisis.”