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Cayman Automotive striving for a future

from the CayCompass, 23, 2012

Cayman Automotive is the way in introducing eco-conscious personal to the Cayman Islands and the entire Thanks to new legislation, electric from Cayman Automotive soon be zipping up and down the roadways.

The company strives for a environmentally responsible future, to the use of alternative, renewable energy and less dependence on fossil

Specialising in sales and leasing of new and US-manufactured vehicles, Cayman was the first company in the Caribbean to electric vehicles, bringing the Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle to the Cayman Islands in

In October, the company received its Wheego fully electric With a maximum speed of 85 mph and a of 100 miles, the Wheego will be at around half the cost of the Volt, Cayman Automotive John Felder says.

Alongside importing electric-powered Mr. Felder has been working a team of energy management to establish a network of charging for electric vehicles throughout Cayman.

Cayman Automotive has developing plans in collaboration experts from Corporate U-Go-Station-Cayman and the US-based Eaton to ensure the underlying infrastructure is in so that as soon as laws are charging stations can be installed and will be able to use their vehicles, safe in the knowledge they will not run out of power.

In Mr. Felder unveiled the first panel charging station for vehicles at Governors Square. It be the first such charging not only in the Cayman Islands, but in the

The first charging station have two parking spaces and a modular design with panels built as a canopy the parking spaces.

When not used to charge vehicles, generated by the solar panels be fed back into the CUC grid, and there is insufficient sunlight to batteries, additional power can be from the grid.

Charging at the Level 2 charging station take four to six hours, less than a level 1 charger, which would 10 to 12 hours to fully charge an car.

A network of 14 such are planned for Grand Cayman, located in areas with stores and businesses such as Bay, Foster’s West Bay and the and Hurley’s.

Further east, charging are planned for the Reef Resort and Some of these locations use the level three charger will reduce charge to 20 to 30 minutes.

Vehicle owners be able to shop, go to work, out or even enjoy the beach their vehicle is being as well as never being out of of a charging station. At the same it is hoped that the location of the will help boost for local businesses.

Some of the stations will be free some will be fee based

Mr. has been working for the past six to bring electric vehicles to the Islands. Early electric were not commercially viable due to slow speeds and short

Improved technology means these problems are in large being overcome and all the 100 per cent vehicles now being offered passed the U.S. Safety and Tests standards.

Mr Felder is customers a free level 2 including installation, when purchase a Chevrolet Volt or any vehicles being offered..

The of the first solar-powered charging in the Caribbean is the result of a collaboration various Caymanian and U.S. (Cayman Automotive, Corporate U-Go Stations, Inc.) and the US Eaton, all of whom have their expertise to help the Cayman Islands towards a tomorrow.

Even with the on hand and charging stations changes to legislation were necessary to allow all-electric to operate on Cayman’s roads.

In December, Governor Duncan signed the revised Cayman Traffic Law, which provisions to legalise the use of all-electric such as the Wheego.

Provisions for neighbourhood electric vehicles and cars that can be driven on Islands roads alongside cars were included in the Bill.

Neighbourhood electric are lower-powered cars generally on side streets and parking but which cannot be driven on thoroughfares. Larger, faster of electric-powered vehicles will be to be registered for use on local roads.

now, most electric-powered can’t be registered in the Cayman because they can’t go enough and some only up to 40 to 50 miles on a charge.


However, vehicles currently imported by Cayman Automotive can at speeds of 65 to 85 miles per hour and can up to 100 miles on a charge.

Legislators have passed the Motor Insurance (Third Party Amendment Bill 2011 to electric vehicles travelling on roads to be insured.

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