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Gordon McAlpine with the Renault Zoe at Tulloch Park charging point.
Gordon McAlpine with the Renault Zoe at Tulloch Park charging point.

FORRES residents keen to cut down emissions can now have the use of an electric vehicle, thanks to the Moray Carshare group.

The social enterprise organisation has now placed a Renault Zoe with a range of 150 miles at the Tulloch Park car park behind the town hall. And the charity has also provided a fast
(22kw) charge point at the same location.

The charity’s manager, Gordon McAlpine, said: “From our inception 12 years ago our main aim has been to provide an environmentally friendly, yet convenient, means of transport as an alternative to private car ownership.

“Driving this car makes you feel like you are part of the future solutions for the world, especially as we intend to charge both this car and its twin located in Findhorn from 100 per cent renewable sources.”

Mr McAlpine said people in Forres can use the car if they join Moray Carshare.

Members book the vehicle they require online, and then pay at the end of the month, according to how many hours they have booked and how many miles they have driven.

The location for the charge point was chosen after Moray Carshare consulted with Forres Community Council and the Forres Area Forum, both of whom recommended Tulloch Park as the car park with the highest available capacity.

Mr McAlpine added: “As a member of Forres Business Association, we were aware that Forres was a bit behind the times in not having a fast charge point in the centre of town.

“We believe that the availability of a fast charge point makes it more attractive for electric vehicle (EV) owners to make a stop in Forres and visit some of the local businesses while their car charges.

“We are also delighted to hear that Moray Council plan to install a rapid charger in Forres later this year, which will make the town an even more attractive stop off point for EV owners.

“The next phase of our own project is to make electric bikes available to members in Forres, Findhorn and Kinloss. The electric bikes offer a new transport option.”

More information on the scheme is available online at www.moraycarshare.com

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