Staff at Bradford Council will be getting their first electric pool car.

The authority is to trial the use of a Nissan Leaf for staff travelling on business across the district.

It has also installed its first electric charging point, at the Jacobs Well car park off Hall Ings in the city centre, thanks to a £7,500 grant from the Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The Council hopes the use of low emissions vehicles, such as electric cars, will help them cut air pollution and CO2 emissions as well as reduce noise pollution.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “Encouraging the use of electric cars is a key feature of our Low Emissions Strategy, which is one of the first in the country designed to reduce air pollution and improve health long-term.”

The Council has been given £30,000 from OLEV to provide electric vehicle charging points on Council property across the district.