The Scottish Government's Low Carvon Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme has provided a grant which has paid for the three Citroen C-Zeros as well as the setup of a network of public access charging points across the central Borders region.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has chosen three Citroen C-Zero models for a pilot electric car pool scheme which will be driven by SBC's social work team.
The Scottish Government's Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme has provided a grant which has paid for the three Citroen C-Zeros as well as the setup of a network of public access charging points across the central Borders region.
The Citroen C-Zero can travel up to 93 miles on one charge care of a 16kW/h lithium-ion battery and ultra-efficient 49kW electric motor, which benefits from partial replenishment for regenerative braking system. The battery can be recharged in 7 hours from a domestic socket or an 80% recharge in just 30 minutes.
Councilor 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 covers a 1830 square mile area 15 miles south of Edinburgh to the English border. Headquarters are based in Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose.Published 8 July 2011