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Force begins electric car trial


It costs less than 1 for a full charge of the car

Hampshire Constabulary has started a trial of an electric car, with a view to reducing the carbon footprint of its vehicle fleet.

Mitsubishi's electric MiEV, which has four doors and seats four people, will be a frequent sight in and around Winchester for the next two weeks.

Officers will evaluate its suitability for non-rapid response police work.

The car has a top speed of 87mph and a travelling range of 100 miles. A full charge takes six hours and costs 96p.

Michael Coombes, the force's director of finance, said: "Hampshire Constabulary has a good track record of trying to reduce the carbon footprint of its vehicle fleet and of trying out new technology.

"With a fleet covering 15 million miles a year, we take our wider responsibility to the environment very seriously."

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