Electric car for sharing

A COUNCIL is taking part in a green scheme which could put residents in east Durham on the right road when it comes to cutting carbon emissions.

Durham County Council will host an electric pool car for three months meaning residents and staff who are members of the Commonwheels car-sharing initiative can go about their business in an environmentally friendly way.

The council already has electric charging posts at County Hall and has been a member of the club for some time.

The 'Commonwheels' initiative offers a cheap and green alternative to car ownership, allowing people to use a pool car instead of their own vehicle. It is designed to encourage more people to leave their car at home.

Commonwheels invests its profits in sustainable travel initiatives.

The council's cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Coun Neil Foster, said: "By supporting initiatives like this we hope to increase public confidence in this emerging technology as well as encouraging the wider adoption of this type of vehicle elsewhere".

Members of Commonwheels car club can book the electric vehicle by contacting Commonwheels on 0845 602 8030.