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County mail gets current transport

A state of the art electric car takes to the streets of Devon today as part of the county council's commitment to exploring the use of alternative fuels.

The electrically-powered Peugeot 106, which will deliver goods and internal mail in and around Exeter for a three week trial period, was "a glimpse of the future," said county environment director Edward Chorlton.

The car, which has a range of 50 miles and has a top speed of 50 mph, takes six hours to fully charge from an ordinary mains socket.