Supplied by local Nissan car dealership Alex F Noble & Son, the new vehicles are being leased with the help of the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Scheme.
Councillor Derek Rosie, Midlothian’s cabinet member for transport, said: “As a council, we now have eight electric vehicles, including three pool cars. These vehicles are not only greener, thereby helping to cut Midlothian’s carbon footprint, but they are also cost effective. For example, fully charging the battery is just £2.08 with estimates suggesting this will equate to basic running costs of 2 pence a mile.”
The council will use its new van for moving around council records and goods while NHS Lothian is using its two new vans for transporting records.
Cabinet member for commercial operations, Councillor Jim Bryant added: “We are very proud of our commitment to being greener. The vehicles too, are great to drive. Our pool cars are going down well with staff once they get the feel of driving one.”