Council Should Encourage More Electric Vehicles Says Report

hugh town bordeaux shop 3The Council should try to encourage more residents to switch to electric vehicles.

That’s one of the radical proposals presented in the islands’ economic strategy, produced by consultants Ash Futures.

The report says the short travel distances in Scilly are a chance to ‘de-carbonise’ transport.

They suggest the authority should install public electric charging points to encourage the move to cleaner technologies.

Earlier this year in his first public meeting, new Chief Executive Theo Leisjer said he’d “absolutely love” to ban cars from St Mary’s, allowing only some electric vehicles, as well as taxis, buses and emergency vehicles.

He said that had happened in the Friesian Islands, off the north coast of his native Netherlands, with people using bikes and sharing electric charging points.

The feasibility of using electric vehicles for commercial purposes has already been tested in Scilly, with an electric van, part-funded by a LAG grant, being operated by Island Carriers, as well as the electric Buzza Bus service.

Other measures to improve roads for pedestrians and cyclists have also been proposed.

These include traffic calming and wider footpaths, new cycle routes and enforcing parking restrictions in Hugh Street.

The report also suggests identifying alternative locations for parking in Hugh Town.

10 Responses to Council Should Encourage More Electric Vehicles Says Report

  1. Nobby Nobbs July 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Why does anyone who lives in Hugh town own a car anyway?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    The council should run a round the island bus service every 20mins
    Yes (Steve Simms) it won’t make money, but the social capital of reduce traffic can’t be found on an accounts spreadsheet.
    Once people got used to the idea there would be a bus along in no more than 20mins, probably a lot less, I think people would wonder they bother owning a car.
    As for the busiest times of the day, run a school bus.
    Not rocket science

  2. Ray Wornes July 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I don’t know much about what is current in the E car market but most people on Scilly could manage adequately with a low mileage E car or van and that development is already on the market even though the price is ridiculously high mainly because of the price of the battery.The subsidy doesn’t help either. I would argue that the E vehicle itself must be cheaper to produce as an electric engine and transmission etc. isn’t as complex as a combustion engine. When you look at the very low prices of some of the vehicles now being produced in the Far East one of which I believe is only £3K it can’t be too long before a cheaper vehicle together with a cheaper battery will be produced that would be just what everyone here wants. The vehicles are very small which would hopefully get rid of those massive 4×4’s and cyclists like me could then breathe a sigh of relief if most cars were around half the size. There’s no point in talking about automated modular rail transport or super conductive levitation because no one seems interested in producing it yet for the mass market but either would be a first for any community and Scilly could be the ideal location for something completely different. Sadly including me there’s no one with the technical expertise here that could build anything so advanced. What about a subsidised motorised bike then to get me up the hills .

  3. Glynne July 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I quite agree with Adam, even the thought of it is absolute garbage. The Council won’t even agree to erecting signs to inform visitors of their whereabouts, let alone erect charging points for 700 electric cars. get real for crying out loud.

    • Ian T. July 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Glynne, you could always install your own charging point and that could be fed from Solar PV (plenty of sun on Scilly) but that’s probably a step too far….! Why do people expect the ‘council’ to provide everything?

  4. Todd Stevens July 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    They can buy me a new electric van if they wish and I’d gladly give up my current one for it! Im sure they can find me some grant money for it somewhere too?? : )

  5. Gordon Bilsborough July 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Those advocating electric cars do not mention that the average price of these vehicles is about £5000 more than the equivalent petrol-driven models. In addition, access to a special charging point is necessary to charge the battery in about 30 minutes. Fully charging a battery at home can take up to 8 hours. This would be a problem for on-street parking cars unless a cable is trailed illegally across a public pavement. Although an electric vehicle is cheaper per mile to run, the cost of replacing lithium batteries can be many thousands of pounds (unless you hire a battery for £70 or so a month).

    It is not within the Council’s Chief Executive’s terms of reference to say that he would “absolutely love” to ban cars from St. Mary’s, as is done in the Netherlands Frisian Islands. That decision could only be made by the democratically elected Members of the Council.
    This philosophy applies to all major policy decisions.

    • Ian T. July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Surely the CEO was only passing an opinion, shared by many, and not suggesting that he would or could impose a ban. As to battery life – locally we have a first generation Honda Insight (the first production hybrid vehicle) which is now 12 years old and still using its original ‘old technology’ batteries. Point taken about the range and price but things are moving on fast. You can now get an electric BMW for under £30,000 BEFORE the government subsidy of £5000. Not cheap but…….

    • Dave C July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      If that’s the case Gordon, then stop coming on here and moaning about decisions that have been made democratically.

      From a personal perspective, I think you’re full of problems and negativity. We can all do that, moaning is second nature to the British, it’s why we’re stuck in this social and economic rut while more progressive nations are soaring.

      Make a promise to me Gordon, that you’ll suggest one idea for every time you complain about someone else’s idea!

      I too would also love to ban cars from Scilly. But I don’t think it’s possible or feasible. But if I was a councillor then I wouldn’t give up on the notion that it’s an area that needs real attention. I think the first thing to do would be to approach the Steamship Company and ask them to stop transporting vehicles to the islands, tomorrow. Then draw up a plan to improve the situation. For example, any cars brought to the islands must adhere to new emissions specifications?

  6. Jordi Speccleman July 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    One would assume that this recommendation would coincide with the improvement of our power station to support such a load on our grid? And one would also assume that the power required to charge these electric vehicles would come in the form of renewable energy, thus reducing our carbon footprint properly? Otherwise, what saving on the environment are we gaining by plugging into mains electricity powered by fossil fuelled power stations?

  7. Adam Morton July 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This is absolute rubbish! Electric vehicles are only cleaner at point of use when you discount the emissions from the power station used to generate the electric!The only purpose is to diminish smog in built up areas -totally un applicable to Scilly. A better reason is simply size which does not preclude petrol power!Unless the Council propose to provide wind & solar charging points!