ELECTRIC vehicle broker specialist, DriveElectric, is the official supplier for an innovative Orkney smart energy island project that is called ReFLEX (responsible flexibility) Orkney.

Orkney, which already generates over 100% of its electricity from renewables, will be able to take full advantage of its renewable energy potential through a range of low carbon transport and power services exclusive to residents and businesses.

ReFLEX Orkney says it will provide residents with an EV leasing model that offers a wide range of market-leading EVs, with strong financial incentives for early adoption.

The vehicles range from superminis to estate cars, with models such as the Renault Zoe and Tesla Model 3, as well as a variety of electric vans. All vehicles will be supplied by DriveElectric on a special lease model that includes the use of a longer-range vehicle for trips away from the island.

ReFLEX Orkney said that DriveElectric won the work following its experience with EV charging projects such as My Electric Avenue and Electric Nation.

We are delighted to be working with ReFLEX Orkney to supply electric cars for the island. DriveElectric isn’t just a vehicle leasing company, we also have extensive experience in the areas of charging and renewable energy. This project is another example of our unique expertise in bringing together vehicles and energy to reduce emissions and create more sustainable communities.

Mike Potter, managing director, DriveElectric

Gareth Davies, managing director of ReFLEX Orkney added:

“We are pleased to be working with DriveElectric to encourage early adoption of low carbon technologies including electric vehicles. This is very timely with the UK government recently announcing an end of the sale of new petrol and diesel and cars by 2030 as part of an ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution, and yet again Orkney is ahead of the curve, ready to demonstrate to the nation how it can be done.”

The £28.5 million ReFLEX Orkney project is part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and match funded by private investment.

Photo credit: Colin Keldie, ReFLEX Orkney

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