Wessex Garages helps local bobbies go green

Wessex Garages has helped its local police force switch to electric vehicles by supplying the Avon and Somerset constabulary with a brace of Nissan Leafs.

The firm’s Cribbs Causeway, Bristol dealership has furnished the force with two of the vehicles for “general purpose” use around the city.

The Nissan Leaf is a 100 per cent electric vehicle that produces zero emissions and, Nissan says, can be driven for up to 155 miles from a single charge.

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The Leaf, made in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, is cheaper to run than petrol and diesel cars on a per-mile basis and needs less frequent servicing thanks to having fewer moving parts.

Andy Provis, group fleet manager at Wessex Garages, said the Leaf’s low running costs and environmental benefits make it a popular choice.

“The practicality of the Leaf is really drawing people to make the purchase and we are pleased to see that the local constabulary is making the choice to choose electric vehicles where they can,” he said.

Hannah Watts, sustainability manager at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said the force is trying to reduce its environmental impact.

“We’re working hard to cut the amount of fuel our cars use where we can,” she said.

“Policing is much more than responding to 999 calls and there’s definitely a place for electric vehicles in our fleet. We’ve already trialled a Nissan Leaf with one of our neighbourhood teams in Bristol and the feedback from officers was really positive.

“It makes absolute sense to permanently swap two regular general purpose vehicles, which do lots of journeys within the city boundary on a daily basis, for electric.”