Cllr Alan Lawther said: “I am the Sustainability Spokesperson for Alliance and am delighted to have been offered the chance to test drive the hybrid car. I am aware that it is difficult for a car to tick all the green boxes, but I am impressed by hybrid cars and am willing to give them a try.
“Ideally I would rather see people being able to use a good public transport system instead of cars, but I am pleased that the motor industry is seeking ways of being greener.
“People in Northern Ireland are especially reliant on their cars and I would encourage them to do anything they can to protect the environment. One important way they can do this is to look at the fuel economy of their car. A hybrid vehicle not only emits a tonne less carbon dioxide a year but attracts only £15 of road tax and could save around £1,000 in fuel. It is however great to be given the chance to get behind the wheel of such a leading-edge vehicle. It’s good to see car manufacturers thinking about radical new ways of reducing carbon emissions.”