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Wylam is turning over a new LEAF

ECO-FRIENDLY Wylam villagers have proved they are streets ahead as they become the first in the country to take part in a electric vehicle campaign.

My Electric Avenue offers 10 households in the same electricity network the opportunity to each run a state-of-the-art Nissan LEAF for 18 months.

And Dene Road in Wylam has taken the top spot and now awaits final approval from Ofgem before the scheme is launched.

The villagers were the first to clear a number of checks such as the suitability of their local network, a successful home charge point survey, a credit check and a survey of the suitability of power cables.

The campaign aims to simulate a 2030 electricity network to learn more about how to manage the strain on electricity distribution networks from the expected increase in electric vehicles.

EA Technology and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution have teamed up, under the Ofgem Low Carbon Networks Fund, to develop an electric vehicle charge control system.

The nationwide campaign will trial a simulated electric vehicle network by creating “clusters” of vehicles in the same area.

Each participant will receive a free charging post at their home and will lease the Nissan Leaf for just £100 a month.

The campaign is being run in Wylam by local social enterprise group Earth Doctors, and hopes to develop a more efficient charging network for electric vehicles.

Researchers from Northumbria University will also be involved, surveying the experiences of participants and collecting data from the electric vehicles.
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