Sefton Council’s commitment to energy savings is continuing after leasing a new electric car for civic and mayoral engagements.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode, will continue to attend hundreds of functions in a new black electric Nissan Leaf Tekna vehicle leased in a sponsorship deal with Liverpool based Symphony Cars Ltd.

It is the second similar lease with the company and the vehicle can be charged up at various electric points across the borough including Bootle Town Hall.

The top-of-the-range Nissan Leaf Tekna is 100% electric with a 120 mile range. It also has zero emissions meaning it has no road tax and approximately 85% less maintenance costs.

The new vehicle can seat up to 5 people and has a decent 370-litre boot – enough space to carry the mayoral chains!

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Stephen Kermode, said: “We are very keen to set an example on all environmental and green issues and this highlights our commitment to energy savings.

“By leasing a new electric vehicle it clearly demonstrates our commitment to provide and promote a clean and low emissions transport system throughout the whole borough.

“The new vehicle is very cheap to run and so helps form part of the savings most local authorities like Sefton currently have to make.

“The car itself is very comfortable, looks good, is extremely economical and most importantly saves on the council’s Carbon footprint.”

As part of the sponsorship deal, Symphony will also reimburse Sefton Council for the electric usage based on mileage every six months, will service the vehicle and also offer roadside assistance.


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