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Electric vehicle test drives

SHETLANDERS are being given the chance to try out a futuristic Tesla electric car and get free impartial advice from Home Energy Scotland on electric vehicles, charge points, financial support and home renewables in Brae on Sunday afternoon.

Home Energy Scotland’s specialist transport advisor for the Highlands and Islands, Becky Fretwell, is speaking at the free public event in Delting Boating Club at noon and 2pm.

She will also cover two key issues for many motorists to consider when going electric – charging and range.

Fretwell said: “There is a growing demand for information about switching to an electric vehicle from drivers and businesses right across the Highlands and Islands.

“On Sunday we are aiming to highlight the benefits of these vehicles and give a short presentation on the benefits of using renewable technology to generate your own electricity.

“There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you have, followed by test drives of an electric car, including the Tesla Model S. You can book a test drive at shetlandevs.eventbrite.co.uk.”

She added that on Monday from 10am to 1pm Home Energy Scotland is also providing Tesla test drives at the Toll Clock Shopping Centre charging point in Lerwick.

An electric car tour will also start in Unst on Monday morning, with vehicles travelling on to Orkney on Monday night followed by a Scottish mainland tour from Caithness to Gretna.

Home Energy Scotland’s work is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust.