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Electric council transport mooted

Electric vehicle recharging point
Senior councillors are keen to see a greater use of electric cars

A fleet of electric vehicles could replace petrol and diesel fuelled ones at Highland Council in the future, a senior councillor has suggested.

Ian Ross, chairman of planning, environment and development committee, said such a move would help reduce the authority's carbon footprint.

His comments followed a test drive of an electric car around Inverness by council leader Michael Foxley.

Mr Foxley also said he would be keen to see electric vehicles in use.

He tried out a nine-seat Peugeot Tepee.

Mr Ross said: "A big benefit of electric vehicles is that they are completely carbon neutral when they are running.

"I can certainly envisage a time when electric vehicles replace conventional petrol or diesel cars and vans in areas of the Highlands."

An electric car is already being used for community transport in the Cairngorms National Park.

The car can tow its own wind turbine for recharging.

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