Scottish Borders Council sets up a pilot electric car pool scheme using the CItroen C-Zero

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 7, 2011

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.

Press Release

CITROËN C-ZERO - ALL-ELECTRIC BENEFITS FOR SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL

As part of a cost saving, ‘green’ initiative, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has set up a pilot electric car pool scheme using the newly-launched Citroën C-Zero. Three well-equipped, full-electric Citroën C-Zeros will be used by SBC’s social work team - one of the Council’s largest car user groups.

A grant from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme has not only funded the acquisition of three Citroën C-Zeros, but has also paid for the setup of a network of public access charging points across the central Borders region where the cars will operate.

Thanks to its 16kW/h lithium-ion battery, ultra-efficient 49kW electric motor and partial replenishment from its regenerative braking system, the C-Zero can travel up to 93 miles on a single charge. The under-floor battery can be recharged in around seven hours using a domestic socket. Alternatively, the car’s quick charging system can provide an 80% recharge in just 30 minutes.

Councillor Jim Fullarton, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, commented: “With the current fuel prices it’s a great help for our Social Work Department to be able to recharge the C-Zero at minimal cost. While the C-Zeros will initially be limited to use in towns, with more recharging points we will widen the area they can operate.”

SBC administers an area covering 1,830 square miles, stretching from 15 miles south of Edinburgh to the English border and has its headquarters in Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose.

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