A Scottish local authority has admitted that its staff are reluctant to use its pool of electric cars for fear of being stranded with a flat battery.
Dumfries and Galloway Council said some workers were wary of the cars’ 100 mile range in the sprawling rural area.
It came as new figures obtained by BBC Scotland revealed that the local authority had spent £57,600 on four electric Nissan Leafs since 2011.
Yet, in total, the cars have covered fewer than 26,000 miles in that time.
A spokesman for the local authority insisted the scheme had been “relatively successful” but admitted levels of usage were “considerably lower” than for conventional cars in its pool.
He added: “Staff have been asked to comment on use of the vehicles, and ‘range anxiety’ is certainly a consideration.
“The quality of the drive is seen as surprisingly good by those who have not driven an electric vehicle before.”