Thames Valley Police has bought its first electric car as the Force bids to cut its CO2 emissions by 30 per cent.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV car will be used by neighbourhood officers and PCSOs in the city to attend pre-arranged meetings. It will not be used as a response vehicle or to attend 999 calls.
The vehicle, which cost in the region of £19,000, was more expensive than the standard diesel cars used by the Force, but fuel savings mean that within five years the electric cars should result in savings.
Chief Inspector Ed McLean said: “The Force has committed to cutting CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2015 and the use of electric cars could prove to be fundamental to our success in achieving this.
“Milton Keynes is an ideal place for this vehicle to be trialled because it is a compact area. It will do around 80 miles with a six hour charge, which is plenty for an average day of visits in a neighbourhood.
“However, this is only a trial and we will be monitoring how the car performs over the next few months to see whether electric cars could be used more widely.”