The News Letter came across the Green Party councillor John Barry early on Wednesday morning, showing his environmental credentials.
Professor Barry was charging his electric car on the Dublin Road in Belfast.
The vehicle runs solely on electric energy and has a range that can get it from a distance roughly equivalent to Belfast to Newry.
If the Queen’s University academic ever gets stuck without power, he can then take out the foldaway bicycle that he keeps in the boot.
Professor Barry is a member of Ards and North Down council, representing Holywood and Clandeboye.