Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle now a silent ser­vice

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke’s elec­tric Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle was put into ser­vice at 9.15am on Tues­day Septem­ber 4.

Jan Moul­der was the driver and its first pas­sen­ger was Norma Evans, who makes great use of the com­mu­nity car ser­vice.

Present at the launch was Lee Bet­tles CEO of Scan­power the spon­sor of the ve­hi­cle and five trustees of the ser­vice — Chair­man Bob Dresser, Ray Brady, Ross Macdonald, Jan Moul­der and Moana Bev­eridge, who ros­ters the vol­un­teer drivers.

Lee Bet­tles said Scan­power was very pleased to do­nate the ve­hi­cle as it gives cus­tomers a taste of trav­el­ling in a ve­hi­cle which makes no noise, was an ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy and hope­fully in­creases sales.

Norma Evan­sre­ceived flow­ers as the first cus­tomer.

She said she could not sur­vive with­out the ser­vice as she uses it three or four times a week to go to meet­ings, buy gro­ceries and visit the li­brary.

The Tues­day launch was also pen­sion day when the car is used most of­ten.

Reg­u­lar driver Jan Moul­der says it is not un­usual to have 24 trips on a Tues­day and on Septem­ber 4 both cars were in use.

Driv­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle re­quires a train­ing course and more than 20 of the 27 vol­un­teer drivers have been through it and have been as­sessed.

The Trust is also ex­tend­ing its ser­vice to Norse­wood on a trial ba­sis which com­menced on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day Septem­ber 12 and 14 us­ing the Scan­power EV.

Norma Evans and driver Jan Moul­der look de­lighted to be tak­ing off.

Trustees of the Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Car, Scan­power CEO Lee Bet­tles and cus­tomer Norma Evanslaunch the elec­tric car on its first trip. From Left: Lee Bet­tles, Norma Evans, Bob Dresser, Jan Moul­der, Ray Bradey, Moana Bev­eridge, Ross MacDonald.

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