GROUNDWORK North East is practising what it preaches with its new set of wheels.
The social enterprise, which runs eco-friendly projects across the region, is trying out carbon-free transport in the form of a Nissan Leaf. Nissan’s Sunderland plant will begin building the new car next year.
The Leaf is 100 per cent electric – meaning zero emissions from the exhaust – and even the electricity used to charge it will be environmentally-friendly, as it will come from a wind turbine at Groundwork’s Greenhouse eco-business centre.
It will be used by eight staff to travel to meetings and projects for six months after which Groundwork will assess how much the electric car saves in CO² emissions and running costs, compared to employees using their own vehicles.
Kate Culverhouse, Groundwork North East managing director, said: “We continually strive to increase awareness and understanding of environmental issues and to reduce Groundwork North East’s carbon footprint.
“It is anticipated the electric vehicle will be much more cost effective than a conventional vehicle.”
The car is being trialled through the Switch EV project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme.