Zero-emission hatchbacks are charged with ferrying staff around the county.

West Sussex County Council has taken on a fleet of four Renault Zoe electric hatchbacks as part of a drive to reduce its emissions.

The local authority has brought the vehicles in as pool cars at its Chichester HQ, allowing staff to get around the region without using their own vehicles.

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The high-spec Q90 Dynamique Nav cars have a 174-mile estimated range, which finally convinced the council to add the zero-emission vehicles to its 530-strong fleet.

Loretta Haddow, team leader for fleet resource and support at West Sussex County Council, said: “We have had electric vehicles on trial and extended demos before and must have looked at every model out there but they have never been quite right for us.

2017 Renault Zoe

“But the latest ZOE was the game changer for us and the extended range made it a viable option for the first time.

“We are really pleased that the ZOE is able to get across the county and back and we wanted to give everyone who’s going to take one of these cars the confidence to know that wherever they’re going to go they’re going to get back again.

2017 Renault Zoe

“Since going into service we’ve been really impressed with how easy and relaxing they are to drive. The team love them. They’re really popular.”

“While range and emissions were the biggest factors for us, as a public sector organisation we still have to present a compelling business case before adding new vehicles to our fleet. In this case, the ZOE ticked all the boxes in terms of whole life costs.”

Gallery: 2017 Renault Zoe