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An electric experience at Broadacres


Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Environment and also in Housing

Staff at a North Yorkshire housing association are all charged up about the prospect of adding an electric car to the company fleet.

As part of a ‘Green Week’, Broadacres recently trialled an electric car
Over the course of the five-day trial the Ford Focus was used by several staff in their various roles.

The car, which can be driven for 86 miles before it needs to be recharged, was a big hit and the Association is now analysing feedback from staff with a view to possibly purchasing its own vehicle in the future.

One of the people who drove the car was Development Manager Andi McLoughlin, who said: “It was a strange sensation having no engine noise as I drove along the country roads and it was so quiet I could even hear the birds in the trees.

“The car was just as responsive, and even better, than a petrol engine and the charging was very easy. I just plugged it into a normal plug socket while I was in a meeting and it was ready to go again.”

Kathy Ramsbottom, Broadacres’ Facilities Manager, said: “We were very lucky to be given the car to trial as it is the only demonstration model available in the UK.

“The feedback we have received so far from staff has been very positive and as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing costs and our carbon footprint we will now be looking into the feasibility of purchasing our own electric car to be used as part of our fleet.”

One of the places where staff were able to charge the vehicle during their working day was at RMB Automotive in Thurston Road, Northallerton.

Hazel Coupe, Marketing Manager at RMB Automotive, said: “When we heard about the 'Green Week' initiative that Broadacres were taking part in, and the fact Ford UK had provided the electric Ford Focus, we were keen to offer them a charging point at RMB Ford Northallerton so they could get the most out of trialling this great economical car.

“Using advanced technology, drivers don’t have to sacrifice power behind the wheel when driving a hybrid vehicle and they are becoming very popular.

“Plaudits to Broadacres for considering these economical vehicles within their business. Hopefully many more commercial organisations will follow suit to save the environment."


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