College staff trial electric car

Staff at Bishop Auckland College are taking part in a six month trial road testing an electric car.

The college has been selected to take part in The Switch EV regional trial, which is loaning 44 electric vehicles to employers and families for six months at a time across the region.

Staff will drive the Peugeot iOn electric car for business use to identify fuel savings as they also give feedback on the driving experience. Data will be collected and analysed, including their perceptions of the car both before and after the trial.

One of eight regional trials across the country, the data and perceptions study will be researched by Newcastle University and supplied to the Technology Strategy Board, which will inform the Department of Transport as to the outcomes.

Students are also getting involved in the trial, having taken part in an enterprise competition to produce window sun visors for the electric vehicle.

Charge Your Car have installed an electric charging point at the front of the college for the vehicle, which has been provided by Simon Bailes Peugeot of Stockton-on-Tees.

Liz Gray, Senior Consultant at Switch EV, who delivered ‘how to drive the car’ training to staff, said, “It’s great to have the college’s participation and to see the enthusiasm from staff and students to learn more about electric cars.

“It will be really interesting finding out how the car compares with their other vehicles; most companies are seeing how such a car can be extremely cost effective given the increase in petrol and diesel in recent years. The scheme provides green benefits too – something which students in particular are keen to see.”

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