Dunbar car club’s drive to help improve air quality

The new Nissan electric car
The new Nissan electric car
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A car-sharing club in Dunbar has gone electric in a bid to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality.

The SpareWheels Car Club in Dunbar now has its first electric car – with a range of 75 miles, thanks to the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland programme.

A fully automatic Nissan Leaf vehicle is stationed at the town’s Bleachingfield Centre in a convenient location for both residents and business.

Club member Helen Smith said: “I love driving the Nissan Leaf. Being an automatic, it is very easy to drive and is great fun. I will be using it for all my local journeys.”

The car will get drivers and passengers from Dunbar to Edinburgh or Berwick and back, costing £4.75 per hour or £28.50 a day to hire, with no fuel costs.

The car clubs programme is funded by Transport Scotland and administered by the sustainable transport NGO Carplus.

Carplus chief executive Chas Ball said: “Scotland’s car clubs can play an important role in encouraging the uptake of EVs and it highlights the important role played by the Scottish Government in facilitating the growth of this sector by providing funding support through the DCCS programme.”

SpareWheels is one of the most successfull small car clubs in Scotland with more than 80 members.