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Isle of Lewis launches electric car hire services at Stornoway Airport

Stornoway AirportPeople travelling to the Isle of Lewis now have additional choices when it comes to renting vehicles to go sightseeing or for business use. Carhire Hebrides is now offering a choice of electric vehicles from its main office at Stornoway Airport.

Passengers arriving at the airport have a choice of nine electric-powered cars and a van. Carhire Hebrides supervisor Derek Murray said he thought the green vehicles were environmentally friendly and would provide value for money for both tourists in addition to residents of the islands. He added that all the firm’s staff were proud to be pioneering the use of eclectic vehicles in the Western Isles.

Carhire Hebrides acquired its new fleet as the result of a unique collaboration between the E-Car Club and the island’s Pentland Road Wind Farm. Drivers will be able to charge their vehicles easily as there are seven designated points on Lewis. They also have the option of renting by the hour as well as by the day.

Wind farm director Peter Crone said he test-drove one of the cars on a route straight across the Isles of Lewis and Harris. He said the experience was pleasing and he was sure electric powered vehicles would prove to be a big hit with residents and visitors alike.

MSP Alasdair Allan explained that a lot of hard work had gone into setting up the wind farm and he was delighted that the power it created was already beneficial. He added that he hoped the use of electric vehicles would become more common in the months and years to come.

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