£1million electric car club boost welcomed by Carplus

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:30
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BOOST: Carplus applaud government funding

Shared transport charity Carplus have welcomed the announcement of £1million of new government funding for electric vehicles.

The cash is aimed specifically at expanding the reach of Scotland’s growing car club sector, and Carplus are delighted with the backing.

Matthew Eastwood, Car Club Development Manager (Scotland) for Carplus, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s continued support of the development of car clubs in Scotland.

“This new resource will enable an increasing number of people to access electric vehicles – from Dumfries and Dunbar to Aberdeen and Forres, as well as in the two major cities.

“Car clubs contribute to reducing the number of cars on Scotland’s roads.

“By increasing the number of zero emission vehicles, car club members are also helping to tackle air pollution.”

Chas Ball, Chief Executive of Carplus, added: “Car clubs have the potential to deliver significant environmental benefits.

“We feel this announcement opens the way for residents and employers to try out electric vehicles through car club membership.

“We hope this will encourage more people to use car clubs when they need a car for a particular trip.

“Employers should consider the shared electric car as an alternative solution for business travel.

“It will often be cheaper – and probably cleaner – than paying staff mileage claims.”

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