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Scotland s first electric car club launches with Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Councillor Peter Argyle, David McDonald, from Station Garage, and Councillor Willie Young at the launch of the new scheme in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN City Council has launched an electric car club after taking ownership of an all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The vehicle, provided by Station Garage in Aberdeen, will be on hand for members of the council’s Co-Wheels Car Club, which is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Aberdeen City Council is taking part in the Government-run Plugged in Places scheme and has put in place 17 electric charging points across the city thanks to funding from Transport Scotland and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Speaking at the launch at Gallowgate car park, in Aberdeen, Councillor Willie Young, Convenor of the Finances, Policy and Resource Committee, said: These cars fit in with our green agenda for Aberdeen, which I think is very important for this city.

We have been promoting this since 2012 and it’s the first in Scotland. We want to encourage people to use electric cars and this is the way to do it.

Alan Simpson, a planner from the council, added: We are keen to do anything we possibly can to reduce emissions and anything that helps with that is good.

We want to lead by example and show people that electric cars are useable in everyday life.

David McDonald, general manager at Station Garage in Mugiemoss Road, Aberdeen, said: The i-MiEV is the perfect car for the council because it’s the ultimate eco-friendly vehicle, it can park in the tightest spaces and breeze through traffic with surprising power.

It’s packed with clever technology but easy to use and we’re sure they will enjoy driving the i-MiEV.

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The i-MiEV, the first electric vehicle in a car club in Scotland, costs just £376 to charge for 12,000 miles driving. The zero emissions car is exempt from road tax and fully charged it will drive up to 93 miles.

The cost per mile to drive the i-MiEV is less than 6% than that of a comparable petrol vehicle – and this is before you’ve taken into account zero road tax (VED).

The vehicle can be charged with a standard UK 240V domestic power source. All you need is a three-pin plug socket and the car will charge itself from completely flat to 100% in seven hours.

Exciting time

Tony Archer, Area Co-ordinator for Co Wheels Car Club, which has schemes in 35 locations in the UK, said: It’s an exciting time. From a Car Club point of view we are keen to get cars out there that promote sustainability.

Here in Aberdeen it’s a high priority on the council’s agenda to get cars that help with emissions problems and air quality. These are the first electric cars in a Car Club in Scotland and they will be the first of many.

For more information on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV visit Station Garage in Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen or call 01224 685000.

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