Leading the Charge: How are Local Authorities Switching to Electric

December 16, 2021

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With it only being a few weeks after COP26, it’s worth looking at how local authorities are taking steps to switch to electric vehicles.

At COP26 it was announced that governments, businesses and other organisations with an influence over the future of the automotive industry, are now committed to accelerating the transition to zero emission. With the goal to have all sales of new cars and vans be zero emission globally by 2040 and no later than 2035 in leading markets.


In Leeds when they completed site surveys, it revealed that location would only be able to accommodate charge points for two to four vehicles, unless expensive upgrades were done. Instead, they piloted the idea of charge points being installed at officers’ homes with a mechanism to repay them for the energy consumption. This pilot was successful, and enabled them to start more ambitious plans to increase the number of EV’s in their fleet.

Leeds City Council have invested a lot in low emission vehicles, this has led to them now having over 95 EVs and more than 110 charge points to date.


Oxford City Council developed a bespoke concession framework, reflecting the time and resource intensiveness of their trial. They wanted to roll out around 100 charge points and were awarded £816,000 from OLEV. By using this funding, Oxford City Council fully covered all capital costs, meaning they retain the ownership of the charge points.


Local Government’s vehicles are mostly diesel powered, these vehicles are the major contributors to nitrous dioxide levels in which some areas have reached illegal levels. These councils are needing to understand their own vehicles and how they can contribute to reduced emissions. This is why the Bristol Waste Company, signed up to take part in Tantalum’s trial to test its unique Air Car technology.

These Air Car technology can accurately estimate real time toxic Oxides of Nitrogen emissions. They developed a 1,000 vehicle trial, where units will be installed in diesel vehicles to estimate the emissions produced.


Dundee’s City Council first launched 100% electric vehicles into its fleet back in 2011 with the introduction of the first 4 cars / chargers at one of its depots. Now, the council has over 100 electric vehicles and by 2025 they plan to have a 100% fleet of vans and cars all electric. Due to their switch to EV, it has now seen the council travel over 5.6 million miles on pure electric, making a great change on air quality in the city and on the carbon impact of the councils transport, saving an estimated over 250,000 tons of CO2.

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The Carryway operation was run very professionally and smoothly and to a very high standard. Their knowledge and attention to detail with the complicated planning and logistics involved were exceptional; they were a pleasure to deal with and I can highly recommend their services.

Rachel Mitchell – Senior Manager for Golf Events, IMG Golf

It has been a delight to deal with Carryway, who were our Official Golf Buggy Supplier for The 2019 Solheim Cup. They combine efficient logistics with a professional approach to every aspect of delivery, and the equipment our event benefited from was both functional and stylish. A big thank you to a wonderful Partner.

Dave Player, Team Brit Racing – CEO

The Carryway buggy was a lifesaver – and that’s no exaggeration! We were racing in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, which is a 45 mins support race just before the start for the big 24hr race. Our garages were about 2km away so getting all our gear to/from the pitlane for the race was made so simple because of the buggy! And it would have taken (the team) ages to get there and back! We are enormously proud of our new buggy and the livery made for it. It helps us stand out and helps raise our profile, not to mention being an essential team donkey.”

Simon Widowson – Event Men

Thank you Carryway for supplying the buggy for us at Chatsworth this year. All went well and no issues at all – it was a definite improvement on the equipment supplied last year by a different company. Happy to use you again for next year .

Daryn Cochrane – Head of Golf & PGA Professional, The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort

Thank you for the excellent customer service that we recently received from Hugh Healy, Carryway Support. Hugh was very thorough and had excellent communications with us regarding our buggy fleet at The Westerwood Resort – nothing was too difficult for him.

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Our open day event is a very important day for us, and it makes life much easier to have a relationship with a company (Carryway) that we can rely on each year.

Carryway are always a pleasure to deal with and their drivers are always friendly and professional. It takes a little bit of worry out of my job knowing that I can rely on your good service.

Many thanks to the team, especially Adam who was friendly, helpful and professional.

Nick Rushworth – Golf Operations Director, MacDonald Linden Hall

It is a pleasure to work with Carryway, the service and support they provide has been first class. We originally signed up for 14 brand new buggies for one year to sample working with the company.

We were pleased with the service and the product provided and have since signed up for the next few seasons and hopefully with many more to come after that.

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