AN electric car has staff all charged up at the Northalleron-based Broadacres Housing Association.

As part of a 'green week', the association trialled an electric Ford Focus that was used by various people in their different roles.

And the vehicle proved a big hit, with the association now analysing feedback with a view to possibly buying its own.

Development manager Andi McLoughlin said: “It was a strange sensation having no engine noise as I drove along the country roads and it was so quiet I could even hear the birds in the trees.”

Facilities manager Kathy Ramsbottom said: “We were very lucky to be given the car to trial as it is the only demonstration model available in the UK.

“The feedback we have received so far from staff has been very positive and as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing costs and our carbon footprint we will now be looking into the feasibility of purchasing our own electric car to be used as part of our fleet.”

Local firm RMP automotive provided a charging point and marketing manager Hazel Couple said: “Plaudits to Broadacres for considering these economical vehicles within their business.”