In an attempt to become more environmentally friendly, three of Edinburgh’s largest employers are going to use a fleet of electric scooters for staff. Standard Life, Royal Bank of Scotland and the city council during the day and in their spare time will use scooters for commuting.
The city council’s environmental leader, Robert Aldridge is taking part in trial that is expected to be six months long. They council says the trial is to gather information to see how the scooters will impact the economy and what environmental benefits there will be due to their commitment to sustainable way for staff travel. Aldridge is excited to see how the electric scooter affects his travelling around the city and commuting saying large organizations play a key role in emission reduction.
Free for the council, the trial will have four scooters for the staff that cost about 8p per 30 miles and will be fitted with rechargeable batteries that can be charged from a domestic plug.
Cost efficient, fun and practical is how Lynn Westwood called the scheme. Her children are keen to see mum on the scooter and are also keen to find different ways to be more environmentally conscious. Another member said it was great for leisure use on the weekends as well as seeing how the commute to work is adding that everyone should be consciously doing their part in helping to reduce the carbon emissions and this will help to make a small contribution to that.
Private business Go Zypper is providing the scooters and their spokesman said the benefits of the scooter are there is zero vehicle tax, free town parking, no carbon emissions and low maintenance costs. May 1 the trial begins and they hope this is better than a previous one where a new scooter broke down after just being on the job for three days.