Council chief eyes next-gen vehicle

Aprobe is under way about the possibility of an electric car being used by the Wattle Range Council chief executive.

Ben Gower is provided with a vehicle as part of his salary package and consideration has been given to him being allocated an electric variety when it is next changed over.

The matter was canvassed by council’s Climate Change sub-committee and was also debated at the May monthly council meeting in Millicent.

Mr Gower said there was the potential for him to use an electric vehicle as a pilot and this would assist council with its decision-making over other fleet vehicles in the future.

He said electric vehicles had lower maintenance costs but there were long lead lines to secure one.

According to Mr Gower, he was impressed with the electric vehicle he had driven and no pricing was yet available.

Councillor Peter Dunnicliff described the concept of electric vehicles as “fantastic” and said council needed to do a cost benefit analysis when the time came to change over Mr Gower’s vehicle.

Cr Moira Neagle said the use of electric vehicles raised complex issues while Cr Kevin McGrath said he would like to know their cost per kilometre.

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