Go green over e-car scheme

Car charging points in Central Milton Keynes
Car charging points in Central Milton Keynes

WOLVERTON is set to become the ‘green capital’ of Milton Keynes following the announcement it has been selected to pilot a new electric car scheme.

The town is only one of two places in the country chosen to take part in the ‘E-car’ or ‘Electric Vehicle Car Club’ project.

The pilot will see fast charging infrastructure and up to five full-sized electric vehicles deployed in the area.

Residents and businesses will be able to sign up for the scheme and then hire electric cars or vans by the hour for as little as £5.95.

While car clubs are not a new concept, this will be the first scheme in the UK to exclusively use electric vehicles.

Marie Osborne from Wolverton Steering Group said: “Members will be sent a personal smart card and pin code.

“They can then book vehicles online or by phone – weeks in advance or minutes before they are needed, and for any period of time from a single hour to multiple days.

“They then walk to the car they selected, tap the card on the reader inside the windscreen, un-plug the charging cable and away they go.

“When their journey is complete they simply return the vehicle to its dedicated bay and plug it back in.

“They will then be charged for the period of time the car was used. There’s no tax to worry about, no insurance or breakdown cover, no refuelling, no servicing, no cleaning and no hunting for parking spaces.”

Managing director of Sustainable Venture Development Partners, the company behind the E-Car, Andrew Wordsworth said: “This not only allows us to offer the lowest environmental impact per mile of any car club but means E-car can pass on the savings from the lower running costs of electric vehicles to our members.”

Work will shortly be starting to identify sites for the cars to be located around Wolverton, with three to five vehicles expected to be on the road later this year.

Milton Keynes is one of only eight local authorities to be awarded government funding to install electric vehicle charging points as part of the Plugged in Places project.

So far, 115 electric vehicle charging points have been installed with a further 50 to 70 planned. Subsidies are available for people who may wish to install charge posts.

People should visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mkparking for more details.

For more information about the E-Car visit http://energy.futurewolverton.co.uk/