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Communities invited to test impact of electric cars on national grid by driving a Nissan Leaf (From The Northern Echo)

ENVIRONMENTALLY conscious communities in the region are being invited to test the impact of electric vehicles on the national grid by trialling a Nissan Leaf car.

The pioneering My Electric Avenue project is seeking clusters of at least ten households in the North-East and North Yorkshire willing to use an electric car for 18 months.

Participants will receive an all-electric Nissan Leaf five-door family hatchback at an subsidised monthly rental of £100.

Organisers say they will benefit from up to 85 per cent savings on monthly fuel bills with the vehicles able to travel 80 to 100 miles for just £2 to £3.

The £9m project is part of Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund programme, which supports projects sponsored by network providers to explore innovative technology.

It is hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and led by EA Technology, with the support of partners including Nissan, Northern Powergrid and North-East-based consultancy Zero Carbon Futures.

The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK.

Lois Warne, technical advisor at Zero Carbon Futures and a project manager for My Electric Avenue, said the trial offered a unique opportunity for communities to test drive an electric vehicle and to experience the benefits they provide.



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