Making car travel sustainable

We all want to try and reduce the number of journeys we take by car - particularly when the journeys are short or we travel alone.

Sometimes though, journeys by car are necessary, but that doesn't mean it can't be sustainable. Find out more:

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Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) offer reduced running costs and emissions compared with their petrol and diesel equivalents. EVs in particular have zero tailpipe emissions, are virtually silent and can be fully charged for around £2.50. With less moving parts they are also much cheaper to service!

To make them even better value, all EVs and many PHEVs qualify for grants while the Energy Saving Trust offer interest free loans for electric vehicles.

There is a growing number of publicly-available electric vehicle charge points in Aberdeen City and Shire. These include:

  • Rapid chargers – Capable of recharging a vehicle from flat to 80% in around 30 minutes.
  • 22kW Fast chargers – Capable of recharging a vehicle from flat to full in 2-4 hours.
  • 7kW fast chargers – capable of recharging a vehicle from flat to full in 4-6 hours.

Many of these are part of the Chargeplace Scotland network and have been funded by both National and Scottish Governments.

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Car Club

If you drive less than 6-8,000 miles per year then a car club could save you up to £3,500 a year.

A car club provides people with all the convenience of a car without the stress of owning one. Co-wheels operate the Aberdeen car club and there are around 40 vehicles around Aberdeen in their own designated bays.

Members can hire them from as little as 30 minutes at a time all the way up to 10 days. You pay a one off joining fee, an hourly rate and a small cost per mile to cover the fuel (unless an electric vehicle which have no fuel charge) and that’s it. Just book online or by phone, and you’re sorted.

A number of different cars are available including city cars, family cars, people carriers and vans while the fleet also contains a number of hybrid and electric vehicles too.

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Car Sharing

COVID-19 Guidance:

Read the full car sharing advice from the Scottish Government.

The team at Liftshare have produced the following guidance:

Did you know a typical commuter can save around £900 a year car-sharing?

Would you like to find those travelling in your direction and watch your commuting costs plummet?

Brush up on your Carpool Karaoke and find your liftsharing match at Getabout liftshare.

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Hydrogen Economy

The North East of Scotland is currently working on a number of projects related to hydrogen, including the production of hydrogen for use as a transport fuel.

Read more about the work to progress Aberdeen's hydrogen economy from Invest Aberdeen