Free trials of EVs are being offered to businesses in Bristol to allow them to get a better understanding of the benefits.

Ahead of the city’s Clean Air Zone launching later this year, Bristol City Council is offering firms the chance to trial a choice of small, medium and large vans, taxis and electric cars for a period of two months.

The scheme, which is fully funded by National Highways, will run for two years and aims to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality in Bristol.

Eligible businesses, charities and voluntary organisations based in and around Bristol can borrow one of a range of vehicles, with full insurance included, as part of the scheme.

Through the scheme, each EV is fitted with a device that will provide detailed journey and charging data, helping organisations understand how they have used the vehicle.

Along with impartial expert support from the council, it will help them to make an informed decision about whether to purchase one or more vehicles for their own fleet

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said, “Our free electric vehicle hire scheme is a great way for organisations to investigate the possibility of switching to electric without committing huge funds up front.

“In addition, the support and guidance from our in-house experts will help local organisations find the best solutions for them.

“We’re really pleased that over 300 organisations have already signed up for more information on the scheme and encourage others to find out more on the TravelWest website.”


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