DriveElectric is supplying the electric vehicles (EVs) for a new £28.5 million smart energy island project in Orkney.
The new project, ReFlex (responsible flexibility) Orkney, will help ensure the Orkney community utilises its renewable energy, through low carbon transport and power services exclusive to Orkney residents and businesses, available via lease financing.
The project demonstrates flexibility in the energy system by using technologies such as batteries, EVs, smart chargers and smart meters.
Mike Potter, managing director at DriveElectric, said: “We are delighted to be working with ReFlex Orkney to supply electric cars for the island. DriveElectric isn’t just a vehicle leasing company, we also have extensive experience in the areas of charging and renewable energy.
“This project is another example of our unique expertise in bringing together vehicles and energy to reduce emissions and create more sustainable communities.”
ReFlex has an EV leasing model which offers a range of EV with financial incentives for early adoption.
Vehicles range from superminis to estate cars, with models such as Renault Zoes and Teslas, and a variety of vans are also available.
Vehicles are available for test drives in Orkney, and the lease model includes the use of a longer-range vehicle for trips off the island.
ReFlex has also introduced new 100% renewable electricity tariffs for Orkney residents which will help link energy technologies with ReFlex’s integrated energy system (IES), FlexiGrid.
Gareth Davies, managing director at ReFlex Orkney, said: “This is very timely with the UK Government recently announcing an end of the sale of new petrol and diesel and cars by 2030 as part of an ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution, and yet again Orkney is ahead of the curve, ready to demonstrate to the nation how it can be done.”
The project is part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and match funded by private investment.
Orkney generates over 100% of its electricity demand annually from renewables.