Charging ahead with electric car plan

Pictured at the launch of the newly liveried electric vehicles are (l-r): Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment, Councillor Kirsty Darwent, Councillor Allan Dorans and Dale Martin and Bobby Howe from the Council's Roads department.
Pictured at the launch of the newly liveried electric vehicles are (l-r): Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment, Councillor Kirsty Darwent, Councillor Allan Dorans and Dale Martin and Bobby Howe from the Council's Roads department.

They’re green, lean and, thanks to their bright green livery, will be conspicuous on the streets of South Ayrshire from this week!

Using funding of £75,000 from the Energy Savings Trust (EST) on behalf of Transport Scotland, the Council has bought four electric Peugeot iOn vehicles for business use – and installed local charging points to keep them topped up and ready for use.

The colourful new super-efficient electric cars are a perfect fit with the Council’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint and to encourage the use of cheaper, more economic ways for staff to attend meetings, while promoting the Council’s commitment to energy efficiency and climate change.

Each vehicle costs about £2 per day to charge fully, has a range of almost 100 miles between charges – and offers an equivalent fuel efficiency approaching 200 miles to the gallon, with costs less than 3p per mile!

Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said: “The move to providing electric vehicles for staff to use between sites is a big a step for the Council and we’re grateful for the support of the EST to make it possible.

“Our electric vehicles are cheap to charge, incredibly efficient and will allow us to make substantial savings and we’re already looking at options to possibly purchase more.

The eye-catching cars will allow quick and convenient journeys to be made by staff between different Council sites and, using the funding, four charging points were installed at McCalls Avenue, Walker Road and Wellington Square in Ayr and at Masonhill Crematorium, so the cars can be easily topped up and ready for their next journey.

Councillor McDowall concluded: “The cars are bright, fun, simple to drive, easy to park and, best of all, put out no emissions when being driven, which is great news for the environment and clearly shows our commitment to tackling climate change.

“That’s the most important message here and I’m delighted we’re literally getting it out and onto the road with these superb little cars!”