Now you’ll be able to rent an electric car (or van) that runs on wind energy the next time you visit the Isle of Lewis in Scotland!
The interesting program has come about through a partnership between the E-Car Club by Renault and the Pentland Road Wind Farm. Residents or tourists will be able to rent the vehicles by the hour or by the day, and most of the electricity used to power the electric cars will come from wind energy.
As a result of the wind farm and the rental cars being located on the same stretch of islands, there is less ‘range anxiety’ for the drivers of electric cars, who worry they could be left in the middle of nowhere without any power. There will be a total of 7 charging points along the Isle of Lewis and Harris to make it easier and more convenient for travelers.
To rent the cars, there is a fee of £5.50 per hour or £45 per day while the van will cost £7.50 per hour or £60 per day (both with insurance included).
Car hire supervisor at Carhire Hebrides, Derek Murray said:
“I’m really looking forward to this being a success. It’s a great system that’s green and affordable and Carhire Hebrides is really proud to be a pioneer here.”
“We’re always looking for ways to benefit Western Isles’ residents and tourists.”
Director of Pentland Road Wind Farm and Zero Carbon Marine Peter Crone said:
“After having driven one of the cars from the most southern to the most northern point of the Outer Hebrides earlier this week, I am certain that the vehicles will prove very popular.”
In an effort to prove how simple and quickly the cars could charge and be useful in travelling, representatives from E-Car and Zero Carbon Marine created an ‘E-Car Challenge’ where they drove two cars from Vatersay South Beach to the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis in a single day.
Managing director of E-Car Club, Chris Morris said:
“This is an extremely exciting project to be involved in and a significant milestone both for E-Car and e- mobility in Scotland as a whole.”
“Our model is already market-leading from an environmental and behavioural impact perspective, but the opportunity to power the vehicles almost exclusively from wind turbines makes the sustainability credentials of this scheme truly world class.”