New charg­ing points for elec­tric ve­hi­cles

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO new elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing points have been in­stalled at Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI in Oban, just in time for the ar­rival of two new ve­hi­cles adding to its fleet of elec­tric cars.

The charg­ing fa­cil­ity is open to any­one with an elec­tric ve­hi­cle and will be free to all users for the next 12 months.

The col­lege cur­rently has three Nis­san Leaf elec­tric cars. Last week it learned it had been suc­cess­ful in ap­ply­ing for an ad­di­tional £ 35,864.94 from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Switched on Fleets fund­ing to add an­other Leaf and a Mit­subishi hy­brid.

Col­lege es­tates man­ager Elaine Clark said: ‘ Money is saved on fuel costs, which we es­ti­mate is ap­prox­i­mately £1,600 per elec­tric ve­hi­cle per year, and we will soon have five of them.

‘In­stalling the charg­ing points and leas­ing an ad­di­tional elec­tric car is just the lat­est step in our drive to make Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI as clean and as green as pos­si­ble.

‘Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI cur­rently gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity at three of its learn­ing cen­tres, through so­lar pan­els in its Oban HQ, Dunoon and Lochgilp­head bases. To­gether, th­ese pro­vide 10 per cent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual elec­tric­ity needs. There is also a wind tur­bine at the con­struc­tion, engi­neer­ing and re­new­ables cen­tre in Lochgilp­head.’

ScotRail is also in­stalling a new, free-to-use charg­ing point at Oban train sta­tion.

Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI stu­dents Martin Hen­rick­sen, left, and Jamie Sum­mers next to a new charg­ing point.

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