Football players onto a winner with electric cars
FOREST Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince believes a new electric car trial will cut the football club's travel emissions by more than 60 per cent.
Team players will swap expensive sports cars for 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAFs in a unique pilot study for the Nailsworth club.
Dale, founder of Ecotricity, said: "Travel is one of the biggest environmental impacts in football, with teams and fans across the country covering millions of miles every season by car and coach.
"With players living in Birmingham, the Home Counties and around the West Country, we worked out that each week our playing squad could cover almost 10,000 miles travelling to and from training in Gloucestershire."
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"We believe we will cut travel emissions by a further 61 per cent by having most of the players substituting diesel and petrol cars for electric and recharging those cars using carbon-free renewable energy.
"In total with carpooling and electric cars, we can cut travel emissions by 83 per cent."
Forest Green manager David Hockaday, took delivery of his Nissan LEAF four weeks earlier.
"Not only are there no carbon emissions but it also costs about 10 times less to re-fuel using electricity rather than diesel," he said.