Toyota Motor Europe and Jersey Electricity are to carry out a five year trial of electric cars on the island.
Under the initiative, which also involves Jersey’s Department of Tourism, Jersey Electricity leases five electric RAV4 sports utility vehicles from Toyota. From April, they will be allocated to hotels and hired to holidaymakers from day to day. Toyota is giving a £500,000 subsidy to make the hire charge comparable with that of a Ford Escort convertible.
Jersey’s development director for tourism, Nigel Philpott, said Toyota had been keen to conduct the trial on the island, which extends to just 19km by 29km and has a 72km/h speed limit, so the cars’ performance limitations and 190km range would not be big disadvantages.
Meanwhile, Coventry’s trial in which 14 electric Peugeot 106s will be used as fleet vehicles for a year by the city council, Peugeot, East Midlands Electricity, PowerGen and Royal Mail is set to go ahead at the end of this month. The electric 106 is sold in France as a car or light van.