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Electric Vehicle project seeks islander views

Islanders are invited to give their views on the Council's new electric vehicle scheme next week.

The first public event for the GO-EV project is on from Monday to Friday and the team behind its delivery want the public to be involved as much as possible.

The project will see the introduction of 10 ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) electric vehicles to be used as part of an islands-wide car share scheme.

There will also be up to 10 solar canopies and 25 charging points around the islands.

V2G means that vehicle batteries will be able to discharge electricity back to the grid at times of high electricity demand, as well as be charged through locally generated renewable energy or from the grid when necessary.

The project will be delivered in partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd and the Isles of Scilly Community Venture CIC as part of the Smart Islands programme.

Serena Balkwill from the Community Venture told This is Scilly News about the next steps in the rollout.

"We are going to have a trial of up to three vehicles. It will only be on St Mary’s just for logistical purposes but off-island residents are more than welcome to take part.

"Next week we want to get the public involved as much as possible in the design of GO-EV. We’re going to have an open event at the Porthmellon Enterprise Centre (PEC) and we want as many people to come as possible. It runs from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and we might also do some evening sessions if that’s more convenient for people.

"We’re going to be showing people solar canopies, what kind of designs are out there, what types of V2G vehicles there are... we'll be asking them to plot on big maps where they think charging points should go. We just want to ask people their opinion really, what they think about electric vehicles, how they think they might work best for them and the type of vehicles they would like."

Serena added that she has already encountered some differing opinions just in the Community Venture office so is looking forward to hearing what islanders have to say.

"It’s very important that the solar canopies and charging points are sensitive to the area in which they are going to be sited. I quite like the idea of a more wooden, rustic design whereas other people have gone for the all-out big shiny metal design. We really want to start a discussion around it and give it to the community and make it theirs."

Go-EV is funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, with £606,000 from Government’s Local Growth Fund and £2.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

Find out more on the Isles of Scilly Community Venture's Twitter feed and Facebook page. The office at the PEC also has an open door policy so everyone is welcome to visit.

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