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£1m funding for electric car clubs in Scotland

The shared transport charity Carplus has welcomed the announcement of £1 million of new Government funding for electric vehicles, aimed specifically at expanding the reach of Scotland’s growing car club sector.

Matthew Eastwood, car club development manager (Scotland) for Carplus, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s continued support of the development of car clubs in Scotland.

“This new resource will enable an increasing number of people to access electric vehicles - from Dumfries and Dunbar to Aberdeen and Forres, as well as in the two major cities.

“Car clubs contribute to reducing the number of cars on Scotland’s roads. By increasing the number of zero emission vehicles, car club members are also helping to tackle air pollution.”

Carplus chief executive Chas Ball added: “Car clubs have the potential to deliver significant environmental benefits.

“We feel this announcement opens the way for residents and employers to try out electric vehicles through car club membership.

“We hope this will encourage more people to use car clubs when they need a car for a particular trip. Employers should consider the shared electric car as an alternative solution for business travel. It will often be cheaper – and probably cleaner - than paying staff mileage claims.”

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  • Callum Pattullo - 12/06/2014 13:40

    This is great for city life, but in rural areas such say Moffat where there is a car club , would this not limit there use, like I have a lpg vehicle and cannot get it locally only when I go to a main town

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