Small business bosses are being invited to trial an electric car in Sheffield, with grants of up to £10,500 up for grabs.
The scheme aims to show how easy it is to charge a plug-in vehicle and help them decided whether having one is right for their business.
The subsidised lease price, along with favourable running costs, are designed to encourage uptake of electric vehicles in a bid to reduce harmful emissions on the region’s roads.
Sheffield City Council is leading the Electric Vehicle project in South Yorkshire on behalf of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund partnership, Inmotion! together with npower and Venson.
A launch event is being held from 12pm-2pm on Wednesday, June 4 at Bramall Lane. The keynote speakers are Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, and Mark Whitworth, Sheffield City Council head of sustainable city.
The Electric Vehicle Project is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, branded locally as Inmotion! npower is responsible for administering it on behalf of Inmotion! They are an e-mobility provider and experts in energy, plug-in vehicle charge infrastructure and manage their own fleet.
Currently, the scheme runs until March 31, 2015 for new applications. The vehicles available are Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo van which can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge, which takes eight hours.
Businesses need to register by emailing inmotion at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0114 221 1245 by 10am on Friday 30 May, in order to attend the launch event.