Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has organized a pilot electric car pool scheme using the new Citroën C-Zero as part of a cost-saving, environmental-friendly initiative. SBC’s social work team, which is the organization’s biggest vehicle user groups, will use three full-electric and well-equipped Citroën C-Zeros.
A grant from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme has funded the acquisition of the three vehicles and the payment for the network setup of public access charging points across the central Borders region where the vehicles will operate.
With partial replenishment from its regenerative braking system, its 16kW/h lithium-ion battery, and ultra-efficient 49kW electric motor, the C-Zero can run up to 93 miles on a single charge. The under-floor battery can be recharged in approximately seven hours with a domestic socket. On the other hand, the quick charging system of the vehicle can provide an 80% recharge in just 30 minutes.
Councilor Jim Fullarton, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, stated that with the current prices of fuel, it is going to be a great help for the Social Work Department to be able to recharge the C-Zero at minimal cost.
He added that although the C-Zeros will initially be limited to use in towns, the area they will operate in will be expanded with more recharging points. SBC’s scope of administration is 1,830 square miles, stretching to the English border from 15 miles south of Edinburgh. It is based in Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose.