17 Nov 2009 01:11:16
Small town welcomes electric car
A rural community in Scotland has become the first to trial an electric car.
Fergus Ewing, the Scottish government's minister for community safety, unveiled the vehicle at the Cairngorms National Park yesterday (November 16th).
The minister test drove the modified five-door Vauxhall Astra from Aviemore to Kingussie High School as part of the Clim-ATIC Cairngorms Electric Vehicle project.
"This is the first time I've driven an electric car and I'm very impressed with the work that's gone in from all partners involved," he said.
"We want Scotland to be at the forefront of building a sustainable low carbon economy of the future - to do that we need more great projects like this one in the Cairngorms."
Local charity the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company (BSCTC) was then handed the keys to conduct a test trial of the car.
The organisation helps people with limited access to transport get around so they can make use of local services.
Mr Ewing added that he hoped the scheme would encourage similar green transport projects to be established across the country.http://www.cairngorms.co.uk/news/