A COUNTRY estate has invested in a new electric vehicle to continue its move into an environmentally sustainable future.

Spains Hall, a 2,000-acre estate in Finchingfield, has invested in the ‘Beast’ - Electric Wheels' new £25,000 all-terrain utility vehicle - thanks to funding from Low Carbon Southeast and Braintree Council.

As part of its drive to a greener future, the estate is leading the transition away from fossil fuel-powered agricultural machinery towards using electric vehicles.

The 'Beast’ is Electric Wheels' largest and most powerful 4x4 electric vehicle, with speeds of up to 37mph, a 57-mile range and five and a half hours of charge time.

The robust, multi-use vehicle is suited to tackle inclines, tow heavy loads and carry up to four people.

Estate manager Archie Ruggles-Brise said “At Spains Hall we pride ourselves in our nature-first approach and are passionate about redefining land management by transforming traditional agricultural farming into a bio-diverse and sustainable habitat.

“As part of this, our ambition is to move towards electric power across our whole vehicle fleet.

“We have been delighted with the Beast’s capacity, power, and comfort.

“It allows us to haul around heavy loads, go anywhere we want and transport visitors such as funders, partners and other VIPs on estate and beaver tours.

“It’s a vehicle which reflects our own beliefs about sustainability and it’s great that it’s one of the first to be put into action in the Braintree district.”