Local stakeholders and residents turned up in their dozens to test drive electric cars at A2Dominion’s launch event of its Partnership with Fleetdrive Electric to accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles at the UK’s first ever eco-town in NW Bicester.
A2Dominion has teamed up with Fleetdrive Electric, the UK’s leading ultra-low emission vehicle leasing company, as part of its plans to encourage residents to adopt sustainable transport choices at the exciting NW Bicester eco-town development.
Commenting on the event, Strategic Partnership Manager Louise Caves, said: “Together with Fleetdrive, we have shaped a range of initiatives to demonstrate the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles to future residents and give them the opportunity to experience these exciting cars first hand. Our goal is to get 10% of residents switching to pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles over the next two years.
“Travel accounts for 32% of a typical UK carbon footprint, with private car use alone accounting for 18% of this. The wide range of incentives will enable residents to make informed decisions about their transport choices and minimise their CO2 emissions.”
Some of the initiatives to encourage take-up of electric vehicles (EVs) include subsidised EVs for champions within the community to enable them to share their experiences of using the vehicle, pop-up neighbourhood test drive events and ‘try before you buy’ flexible leasing options.
Mike Potter, Managing Director of Fleetdrive, added: “Unsurprisingly the Tesla was the most popular with the BMW i8 close behind. However, all the vehicles were taken out almost non-stop throughout the day. Motorists returned with grins on their faces and were pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy the vehicles were to drive, and how quiet they were. During the test drive they learnt about the car and the potential savings in fuel costs along with the environmental benefits of driving electric.
“We are pleased to be able to offer test drives and trial periods so people can try them out and find out which vehicle they prefer, which is the most practical for them and which suits their budget.”
North West Bicester is a pioneering project, bringing investment, homes and jobs to the town, which is backed by environmental integrity and a long-term vision for the area.
Leading housing provider A2Dominion is leading on the Masterplan to create up to 6,000 new eco homes and jobs in North West Bicester, which will grow strategically, in timed phases. The first Exemplar phase is currently under construction.
As well as boasting an electric car club, car charging points will be available communally and optionally available to all homes on the first phase. A community bus will be in service from first occupation and all homes located within 400m of a bus stop, with live timetable updates in each home. Cycle stores will come as standard for each home and the development will have safe, segregated cycle-ways and pedestrian routes linking directly into the town’s existing network.
Find out more at www.nwbicester.co.uk