Cumbernauld organisation gets funding to go electric

Cumbernauld Action on Care of the Elderly (CACE) is one of three North Lanarkshire-based community transport groups to benefit from the SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.

CACE has switched from diesel to electric

CACE has been awarded two electric minibuses to provide door to door services which transports people from their home to its on-site activity suite and events in the local community.

These replace aging diesel vehicles that had become increasingly unreliable.

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Eddie Dunlop, at Cumbernauld Action on Care of the Elderly, said: "We are thrilled with our new all electric minibuses thanks to funding from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.

"This will be transformational, not only in terms of the environment, but also for the social impact it will have as it assists with our long-term plan to provide vital transport services to the vulnerable communities of North Lanarkshire.”

Other groups benefiting in North Lanarkshire are Getting Better Together Shotts and Glenboig Development Trust.

Shotts has received two 16 seat Mellor minibuses and two seven seater Nissan people carriers, while Glenboig received two electric vehicles, a van and a car.

Frank Mitchell, CEO at SP Energy Networks, said: "We are proud to be funding these North Lanarkshire projects, as they begin to build an electric fleet that will allow them to play their part in improving Lanarkshire’s air quality and supporting some of the region’s most vulnerable residents.”