The new vehicle has a greater range, which means it can be used across the island to transport residents who work at low-income jobs to and from work, for essential journeys including medical appointments, and for social journeys including shopping, church and the occasional ceilidh.
Easy access to the electric vehicle means that more of the island’s residents can access sustainable transport to get about. Seeing electric vehicles on the island increases exposure and encourages people to consider EVs in their own lives.
Some of Mull and Iona’s Community Trust’s transport team are new drivers, and they had to learn to get used to the new electric vehicle, including being sure to plan journeys ahead of time, understanding the range capabilities, and allowing charging time.
Individual journeys tend not to be longer than 100 miles round-trip, but often the Trust makes several journeys over the course of a single day. The transport team have training in place to ensure they are prepared before setting off. They have not had a single instance where they were unable to comfortably complete a journey.
There are more charge points per head on the island compared to neighbouring islands, according to the Office for Zero Emissions, which is in part due to the Trust’s advocacy for sustainable transport options on the island. Overall, the transport team report that driving the new vehicle is a great experience.
The community transport option is very much appreciated on the island. They are now able to make longer journeys sustainably, including taking a patient to Fort William each week for dialysis treatment. The hospital has a public charge point available for their use, however they are delighted that they can make the return trip on a full charge with no problems.