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Co-Wheels plugs in with launch of new electric vehicles

Aberdeen’s Co-Wheels car club has clocked up another milestone, becoming the first in Scotland to operate electric vehicles.

The social enterprise has taken delivery of three Nissan Leafs which members can use at a cheaper rate than fossil-fuelled vehicles, and re-charge across the city, and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The launch followed the escapades of PlugIn Adventurers Chris Ramsay and Ross Mackay, who took one of the cars on a 1,500 mile trip from Aberdeen to Cardiff and back again in the course of four days, to prove that electric vehicles really are a viable option for long distance journeys and can be relied on for more than just the school run.

The pair are working with Co-Wheels and Aberdeen City Council to raise the profile of electric cars and dispel many of the myths which still surround the vehicles.

Co-Wheels has grown steadily in Aberdeen and has established a name for itself nationwide as a ground-breaking organisation. It was the first in the world to trial hydrogen-powered cars, recently became the first in the UK to make wheelchair accessible vehicles available for hire, and is now the first Scottish car club to operate electric vehicles.

It is ideally placed to do so. Aberdeen has been identified as a strategic hub in Scotland’s Plugged in Places project and was allocated £120,000 of grant funding to purchase and install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Finance and Resources Convener Councillor Willie Young said: “This is great news for Aberdeen and Co-Wheels, which is making access to vehicles cheaper and easier for city residents and businesses. The provision of electric vehicle charging points at key locations adds another green string to our bow and is a key element of making Aberdeen the Smarter City.
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