Colchester Borough Council has launched a new electric cargo fleet scheme to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
The fleet, which consists of 25 e-cargo bikes and five e-trailers, builds upon the local authority’s pledge to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
Local businesses and organisations are invited to try out the bikes and trailers for short-term loans. The three-year trial of the bikes has been funded by a bid for £136,900 from the Energy Savings Trust.
Councillor Martin Goss, Colchester Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “I would encourage local businesses and other organisations that are looking to reduce their carbon emissions to join this innovative scheme.
“Sustainable methods of transport, such as e-cargo bikes, are a great way for the council, local businesses and other organisations to reduce our collective carbon footprint, as their effect is immediate.”