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First electric car club in Wales launched with £25k Big Lottery Fund grant

Wales’ first “electric car club” has been officially launched.

It means car club members in the Pembrokeshire community of Cilgwyn will have access to an electrically powered Nissan Leaf.

Thanks to nearly £25,000 awarded from the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS programme, the Cilgwyn Community Group bought the brand new electric vehicle which will form the basis of a new community car sharing club in the area.

The scheme was officially launched at the Newport Memorial Hall in Pembrokeshire yesterday afternoon.


Residents in Cilgwyn and neighbouring Newport will be able to book the electric car online or over the phone at an introductory price of £2.50 per hour and five pence per mile.

A software programme will work out what the users owe and the car will be opened by using a smartcard.

And onboard telemetrics will feedback each customer’s driving style to protect the battery life.



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