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Orkney Is Leading The Charge On Electric Vehicles

Orkney Is Leading The Charge On Electric Vehicles

Orkney is leading the charge on electric vehicles, with one of the highest uptakes in the UK. BBC Scotland continues its season of special news coverage on the "climate emergency", looking at changes needed in transport and what could be learned from islanders. Click here to read the full story.

When it comes to energy, Orkney is in the fast lane. The islands produce more power than they're able to consume, so diverting some of that into electric vehicles (EVs) seems an obvious move.

The likes of the Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe are a more frequent sight here than any other part of Scotland - you'll even see the odd Tesla.

You might think plug-in cars would best be suited to city driving where average journeys are just a few miles. But despite being rural and remote the longest journey in Orkney from north to south is about 60 miles. So the council can pack lots of charging infrastructure into a relatively small area.

Orkney now has well over 200 fully electric vehicles, more than 2% of the total cars and vans on the road.

For more information on renting electric vehicles with Green Motion in Scotland, the rest of the UK and around the world visit www.greenmotion.com