The environmental charity CAT cut the ribbon today on its new electric vehicle, known as Eve. The Aixam Mega Multitruck is a versatile light commercial vehicle that has a wide range of applications. Designed for short delivery missions, the van is perfect for supporting the work of CAT in the local area. Until recently, electric vehicles were designed only as small passenger cars, but thanks to the advances in technology there are now an increasing number of vans and trucks available on the market.
As well as being a working vehicle, Eve will be on display in the CAT visitor centre as an example of the technological developments in electrical vehicles. The van will be charged using 100% renewable electricity that is in part generated by on-site technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power. The remainder is made up of renewable electricity provided by Good Energy. Purchase of the vehicle was made possible with the support of the 100% renewable electricity supplier, Good Energy.
CAT and Good Energy have been partners for the last decade, working together to promote and build a more sustainable future for the UK. Speaking at the launch event Alex Orme, Business Development Manager at Good Energy said,
“At Good Energy we believe that 2050 could see the UK powered purely by renewables. That’s why we source all the renewable electricity our customers need from our own wind and solar sites, as well as from a growing network of more than 800 independent generators across the country.
“We’ve been in partnership with CAT for the last 10 years as we know how vital the work they are doing is. We’re delighted to sponsor Eve and we’re looking forward to developing our partnership further.”
Adrian Ramsay, CEO at the Centre for Alternative Technology said;
“CAT and Good Energy enjoy many of the same values and are committed to working towards a zero carbon future. The fantastic support of Good Energy has enabled us to purchase ‘Eve’ and we look forward to continuing to support their work in encouraging people to switch to green energy providers.”
The last two years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK with new registrations of plug-in cars increasing four-fold from around 3,500 in 2013 to 15,500 in 2014. There has also been a huge increase in the number of electric models available in the UK, with each of the 10 best-selling brands now offering an EV as part of their model range.
With several new electric models due to be launched during 2015, and the Plug-in Car Grant now guaranteed until 2017, buying an electric car is now a real option for a large number of UK motorists, with choosing to charge your electric vehicle at home from a 100% renewable energy tariff being the natural next step to truly green motoring.
Energy users can support the Centre for Alternative Technology by making the switch and signing up to Good Energy. Quote ‘CAT’ when switching to Good Energy’s 100% renewable electricity or dual fuel tariffs and the company will give CAT £30 to help them in their work.
Find out more information at www.goodenergy.co.uk/cat