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Technical College goes electric with Arval

UTC Swindon, the University Technical College, has teamed up with contract hire and fleet management provider, Arval, to use the first electric car produced by BMW as part of its summer marketing campaign.

Ambassadors for the centre will be touring the college catchment area with the event team in the  BMW ActiveE, leased by Arval.

The prototype car is one of just 1,000 manufactured by the German car company worldwide. It is the first electric car from the German marque, and is part of BMW Group’s field trials for long term electric mobility.

Dr Gareth Neighbour, who heads up Engineering at Oxford Brookes University, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for UTC Swindon to showcase its commitment to engineering and enterprise in education. Thanks to Arval, we can share with potential students and their families a wonderful example of cutting edge technology. It will clearly demonstrate the support we are receiving from today’s world leaders in engineering.”

Swindon’s University Technical College, due to open in September 2014, will cater for 14 to 19 year olds interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

Tracey Scarr, CSR Manager for Arval, said “We’re delighted to be able to support the team at UTC Swindon as they begin an exciting journey to bring engineering and enterprise to young people. We work very closely with all of the vehicle manufacturers to gain access to the latest models and technologies. This fantastic car is just one example of engineering excellence which students locally can enjoy.”

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