Here's my latest story on electric vehicles- it's about two environmental groups who are speading the word on the Kangoo Van Z.E and have been lent one by Platinum Renault in Trowbridge.
Platinum Renault in Trowbridge is teaming up with two local groups in the run-up to Christmas to prove to the people of Bradford of Avon that electric motoring could be the answer to their poor air quality.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon is a local group working towards making Bradford on Avon carbon neutral by 2050. They are working in partnership with Zero Carbon World, a group that works to establish an open network of charging points for electric vehicles.
As the foremost supplier of electric vehicles in the area, Trowbridge-based Platinum Renault was approached and invited to lend the groups a 100% electric Kangoo Van Z.E throughout December.
The van is the first from Renault’s electric range and is becoming a familiar sight on the region’s roads. It will be used by the two charities over the four Christmas shopping weekends and means local residents will be offered the opportunity to have their festive shopping delivered for free on those weekends without producing tailpipe emissions.
Claire Ellis from Platinum Renault, said: “The Kangoo Van Z.E. has the same payload as the traditional Kangoo, yet offers a silent driving experience, combined with the usual comfort and practicality. It’s attracted orders from large companies and local authorities, and is perfect for anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. It could not be more suitable for towns such as Bradford on Avon.”
Shay Parsons, spokeswoman for Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, said: “We want to show that electric vehicles are available now. Platinum Renault Trowbridge has offered to lend us a Kangoo Van Z.E. for December, and our volunteers will be offering a free shopping delivery service to residents. We hope that if people see the van around town they will realise the benefits, and it will demystify electric driving.
“Bradford on Avon has a history of poor air quality due to traffic. The streets are very narrow and have high-sided buildings, but because we have one of the few river crossings in the area, traffic has to come through town. Traffic noise and pollution consistently attract the highest number of complaints from residents.
“It’s unlikely that we’ll be able to move or reduce the traffic in the short term. But we can help change some of it to electric, zero-emission vehicles. We are a perfect candidate for these. Awareness of electric vehicles is low and we want Bradford on Avon to be an exemplar town for electric vehicle use and we have several projects planned over the next year.”
For more information, visit Platinum Renault in Trowbridge (01225 759525) or click onto www.platinumrenault.co.uk or www.climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk or www.zerocarbonworld.org.
For more information on Christmas in Bradford on Avon in December and the town’s range of activities, which are set to include a Santa Trail, Santa Sundays, Christmas Chalets for independent traders and Santa’s Grotto, visit www.bradfordonavon.co.uk/whatson.
1. Platinum Renault lends a fully-electric Kangoo Van Z.E. to climate change groups. Back L to R Richard Craft (Climate Friendly), Martin Wood (Climate Friendly), Shay Parsons (Climate Friendly), Claire Ellis (Platinum) & Kevin Sharpe (Zero Carbon World).