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									              Western Somerset – Local Action for Rural Communities
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                                       FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
 Date Received:             5 October 2010                              Issue No:        1
 Supporting Information:   WS138                                        Date of issue:
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1. Project Name:                               2. Organisation Applying:
Provision of Electric Cars for Community       Quantock Eco
Car Schemes

                                               Is the organisation a constituted body/legal entity?

3. Contact Name:                               4. Position within/relationship to organisation:
Peter „Joe‟ Hull                               Vice Chairman

5. Address                                     6. Correspondence Address: (If different)

1 Sawpits Close, Stogumber,
Taunton, Somerset.

Postcode: TA4 3TX                              Postcode:
Tel: 01984 656185                              Tel:
Fax:                                           Fax:
E-mail: peterhull418@btinternet.com            E-mail:

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7. Project Description. Please summarise your project in one paragraph.
Quantock Eco‟s aim is to build resilient Quantock communities. Part of QE‟s strategy is the promotion of
sustainable transport. To this end it wishes to introduce electric cars as a sustainable transport solution for
these communities. QE will form a Community Interest Company to purchase and manage the cars use with
the Community Car Schemes.
The objective of Quantock Eco‟s Electric Car project is to introduce the benefits of the low carbon emission
electric car to the population at large, and in this way help the EU, the British Government, Somerset County
Council, and associated District Councils meet their 2020 Carbon Emissions targets.
We wish to provide electric cars to existing Community Car Schemes in and around the Quantocks where
there is a demand for their services. In this way Quantock Eco achieves its objective of demonstrating to the
public the benefits of clean electric cars as a means of transport whilst performing a community service.
Involving the Community Car Schemes network means that the benefits can be demonstrated over the West
Somerset area with a large number of people who use these services.

The benefits are:-
    Cut other harmful emissions as well as Carbon Dioxide
    Reduce the carbon footprint with more sustainable transport.
    Increase the energy efficiency of local car transport.
    Save fuel costs compared to fossil fuel cars.
    Share benefits and promote electric car use and sustainable transport within this community.

It will benefit those Community Car Schemes in the area which already exist in response to a demand and
need expressed by the local community.

The Community Car Schemes, who will participate in our project, cater for the elderly and infirm for shopping,
banking, collecting prescriptions, social occasions like collecting relatives, attendance at hospitals or clinics,
for which transport is not provided by other services. Trips to Taunton, Bridgewater to bus or train stations
and local bus stops are also eligible.

Electric cars have improved within the last 12 months. The Mitsubishi I-MIEV is the only electric car currently
being produced which car will carry 4 persons, has a 90 mile range and a top speed of 80 mph and so can
travel at motorway speeds.

QE sees this as a „win/win project‟; the community gets sustainable low carbon transport for a valuable
voluntary service that needs community support.

Charging Posts
There is no doubt that charging posts would be desirable in the long term and QE will be lobbying for them.
This would enable rapid charging of the car at more distant destinations. QE does not think it essential to
provide charging posts at this stage, for this particular project, as the single CCS car will not make journeys
more than 36 miles return. It would also slow the project down somewhat waiting for posts to be installed.
They are also very expensive, about £6k per post, to install and we feel this would need to be a separate
project. We know that there are proposals to install charging posts in Taunton in the near future. QE fully
supports the provision of charging posts and we are liaising with Reaction Electric a company that can supply
the posts in Taunton.
Electric cars need to be seen on the road locally before charging posts are installed to extend the range of
these cars. We see this project as very much a „pump priming‟ exercise to get electric cars on the road and
seen by the public to demonstrate sustainable transport at the same time as supporting an important
voluntary group carrying out valuable community work..

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Income generation for replacement cars
      The CCS will be charged a reasonable rate per mile to fund insurance, tyres and repair
       costs and replacement vehicles after 5 years use.
      Drivers will be charged a similar rate per mile for any private mileage up to an annual limit of
       2,000 miles.
      Advertising space on the car will be sold to large companies with good „green‟ credentials.

The cars have a 5 year 62,500 mile warranty for the battery and electric vehicle components and a
3 year package of servicing costs for just £300.

Mitsubishi say the batteries will not need replacement until the car has completed over 100,000
miles when its charge only drops to 80% but the batteries will still be usable.

QE intends to replace the car at 62,500 miles or 5 years whichever is sooner. The cost of battery
replacement therefore will not arise as they will always be under warranty.

QE‟s proposals can fill the gap if the imminent threat of the loss of subsidy by Local Government of
for Community Car Schemes becomes a reality because the cars can be operated for at a
significantly lower cost per mile.

If the subsidy is withdrawn, QE feels this further strengthens the case for sustainable transport
because the running costs of the electric car are a tenth of fossil fuel driven cars. The cost of off-
peak electricity for running an electric car for 12,500 miles would be approximately £125. The
comparable cost for a fossil fuel driven car at current fuel prices would be 10 times as much,
approximately £1,250.

QE will be contacting large commercial corporations to offer advertising space on the cars to fill the
small annual shortfall over the 5 year operating period. This may well exceed the small shortfall and
provide a small working bonus for the car.

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8. EVIDENCE OF NEED – Is there evidence of need to support the reasons for your project?

Community Car Schemes (CCS) has demonstrated the need exists. „Wheels‟ , the Williton and Watchet
CCS carry out, on average, trips equivalent to an average of 240 miles per week.

 “Wheels” intend that the EV will be used on average at least twice a day. It would be put on the “Musgrove
run” and either do two trips per day or one trip there and another two shorter ones nearer to Williton.
The Electric Car will help awaken the users to the fact that a vehicle is available propelled by sustainable
means and whose fuel costs are a fraction of those of a fossil fuel driven car. Modern electric cars have the
comfort and range essential for the majority of journeys that CCS run on a daily basis.
It is essential that our communities move towards reducing Carbon Emissions by every possible means.
These cars form the vanguard of others to come which will help the EU, the British Government and
Somerset County Council meet its 2020 Carbon Emissions target.

The CCS is reliant on the generosity of volunteers, who provide their own cars, and who help run this very
valuable service. The electric car would reduce the running costs of „Wheels‟ at a time when finances are
very tight.

At the moment drivers provide their own fossil fuel, high carbon, emission producing cars for which they are
paid a mileage rate.

The electric car provides sustainable transport, without additional administration structures.
„Wheels‟ volunteer drivers will keep the car secure and charge the batteries. In the long run QE would
encourage the use of „green‟ tariffs, some of which cost no more than existing „brown‟ tariffs.

The use of electric cars in conjunction with renewable energy will contribute to the 20/20 Carbon reduction
targets. Each car reduces carbon emissions by 2 tons per year with an average annual mileage of 12,500

With this project, West Somerset can not only demonstrate that sustainable transport is achievable but it
supports a local community voluntary service as well. This is a ‘win/win’ project for the West Somerset

9. EVIDENCE OF DEMAND – Is there evidence to support the demand for your project?
We met with the CCS Partnership on 5th October at Porlock to explain our proposals in full. The feedback
from this meeting was very positive. The Partnership welcomes the project as it provides them with a form of
transport with a tenth of fuel costs compared to fossil fuel driven cars currently used, but is also a more
sustainable and clean from of transport.

The CCS Partnership comprises „Williton & Watchet Wheels‟, „Bicklifts‟, „StoGO Cars‟, „Crowcombe Cars‟ and
„KHARS‟ of Kilve & Holford. Between them they have 143 drivers.

Williton & Watchet „Wheels‟ are particularly keen to start with the 1st car and this sustainable transport project.
They have the greatest demand for journeys. They cover on average 250 miles a week particularly to
Musgrove Hospital. They suggested that the car would be circulated on a weekly basis to a number of their
volunteer drivers. Interestingly, they have just started the employment of a manager to manage the high
number of bookings for their CCS.

QE has also been invited to give a presentation, later in October, to the Transition Minehead and Alcombe
(TMA) Sustainable Transport Group who are most interested in QE‟s proposals for sustainable transport.

10. Western Somerset Local Action Objectives - Please indicate the Objective/s under which this
project fits. (You must contact the Programme Team to discuss the eligibility criteria)

Objective (Please cross all that apply):                   Please explain how your project will achieve this

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To broaden the economic base

To Add Value – increasing value added By supporting existing local Community Car Schemes
across existing supply chains                   clean sustainable transport is provided for local
                                                communities at a time when bus passes may be
Supporting local businesses and the .
economy – reduce revenue leaving the
economy                                         Car passengers would be able to access local business
                                                for shopping trips etc thereby supporting local
Access to services – to establish
sustainable and accessible services to
benefit the local community and tourists        The electric cars will enhance the Community Car
                                                Schemes existing services with sustainable transport.
Environmental improvements - to make
best use of our natural assets - sensitive
economic            outputs,        landscape The car is emissions free and carbon free in fuel use.
protection/enhancement       and   the    built The effect on the environment would be positive, the
environment                                     car, when charged sustainable power.

Sustainable development of Market towns
and larger villages within the rural hinterland
to provide access to services                   The fully charged car has a range of 90 miles so the
                                                car could reach Taunton, Minehead, Bridgwater and
To build capacity of community led              return without recharging.
initiatives - enabling community grass root
actions/activities                              Once the benefits of the electric car have been
                                                demonstrated to the community we are convinced that
                                                more cars will be bought by other green organisations
                                                or by individuals.

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11. Project Outputs - Please complete the table to show the measurable project outputs.

Output. For core outputs           No.      Brief explanation of calculation              Month/Year the output
please see appendix B                                                                     will be achieved
New action towards                 3        The car will be leased to Williton and        Jan 2011 ongoing
sustainable transport using                 Watchet „Wheels‟ a local CCS with the
local CCS‟s                                 demand for journeys.
Activities to improve local        3        ditto                                         ditto
access services and facilities
(particularly for elderly and
Population in rural areas          3        The CCS‟s cover several parishes in           ditto
benefiting from new or                      postcode areas TA4 and TA5
improved services
Reduction in Carbon                3        Each car reduces carbon emissions by 2        ditto
                                            tons per year per car with an average
                                            annual mileage of 12,500 miles.

Community facilities actively      3        1 car will be used over the TA4/TA5 area      ditto
applying energy efficiency                  will be using energy more efficiently where
measures and/or using                       renewable energy does not exist.
alternative energy sources                  Our goal is to encourage keepers of the
                                            car to switch to 100% green tariff to
                                            charge the car or use other renewable
                                            energy sources to charge the cars.
12. Is this an entirely new project? i.e. not a continuation or phase of an existing project.
    Yes - this is an entirely new project

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13. Project Management – How will the project be managed and who is responsible?
Community Car Schemes provide a low cost lifts service to the community particularly the elderly and
infirm. They are well known, and have their own organisation and personnel in place. This fact means that
Quantock Eco does not have to set up a new structure at additional expense.
Quantock Eco will form a Community Interest Company (CIC) which will be the owner of the car. This CIC
will in turn form a legal, contractual partnership with the Community Car Schemes for the operation and
maintenance of the cars.
One car will be trialled in the first instance with „Wheels‟, a CCS which serves at Williton and Watchet.
Eventually we intend to roll out the project to other interested CCS‟s.
QE gave a presentation of our proposals in detail to the CCS Partnership at Porlock on 5 th October. They
were enthusiastic about our plans not only for the environmental benefits which can be demonstrated, but
for the fact that their Schemes will be leaders in demonstrating these benefits.
The project will be managed by Quantock Eco (QE). QE will be responsible for managing the use of the
electric cars and checking and evaluating their use. A log will be kept of all mileage and journeys made
and passengers carried for the community.

Management Structure
Project Manager Joe Hull
QE does not see the need for a complicated top heavy management for the project itself. QE will be
forming a CIC in the near future and directors will be complying with CIC laid down rules terms and
conditions etc.

The car will be leased to Williton & Watchet „Wheels‟. And bookings for journeys will be managed by them.
The pricing of journeys would follow their existing price structure. The saving in fuel costs to the
Community Car Schemes will be used to improve the financial viability of „Wheels‟.

The fuel cost of the proposed electric car is under 96 pence/mile using off-peak electricity supplies. The car
has a 5 year warranty or 62,500 miles, whichever occurs soonest.

We have test driven the car, and wish to buy one Mitsubishi I-MIEV, in the first instance, for the project.
The car has been extensively trialled by Mitsubishi in other parts of England with very positive results.

The car will be kept at domestic premises for security and charging of the batteries. Charging can be
achieved with a 13 amp 240v supply overnight on off-peak electricity. Individual volunteer drivers for
„Wheels‟ will use their own electricity and be recompensed by „Wheels‟ for the electricity used as it will be
considered to be fuel used for each journey.
Our vision is that electric cars will be charged from renewable sources. We will encourage volunteers to
switch to „green tariffs like „Ecotricity‟ or „Good Energy‟ to enable the cars to be run exclusively on
renewable energy. Once the project has started, QE anticipates that it will be self funding for the
foreseeable future.
14. Project Start and End Dates                                                            Month        Year
                                                         Indicate a realistic start date  Jan/Feb       2011

                                                  Anticipated duration of the project 5 years minimum

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15. Geographical Area Covered

Please specify:
Western Somerset specifically in the Quantock villages in TA4 and TA5 postcode areas

16. Project costs and funding. Please complete this budget sheet to show the projected costs and
funding for this project.

Project costs

Type of cost                      2009    2010      2011            2012   2013   Total

Equipment                                           £24,290                       £24,290
1 Mitsubishi I-MIEV
Staff costs provided by CCS‟s                       £200                          £200
Office costs provided by CCS‟s                      £200                          £200
Legal Costs (contracts)                             £1,000                        £1,000
Public Liability Insurance                          £200                          £200
Total project costs                                                               £25,890

Match funding
Funder                            2009    2010      2011            2012   2013   Total     Actual / Anticipated
                                                                                            Date Funding
None at present but QE is                           £1200                                   Plus insurance of
exploring possibilities                                                                     vehicle

LARC                                                £24,690
Total Project Costs                                 £25,890

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                                      FOR OFFICE USE

Programme Manager/Executive member name: Anne-Marie Spalding
Date: 6 October 2010

Relationship to LARC Objectives and Priorities:

EU Measure 321 – access to services

As part of the overall aim of working towards a low carbon economy and the growing network
of „electric‟ vehicles, bikes and charging points, this project could provide a wider reach to
community groups.


This is a revised EOI reflecting the comments made on the first submission. The project has
been scaled down to one vehicle.

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