Bristol City Council rolls out free EV loans for businesses

Businesses and organisations in the area can borrow one of 64 EVs for up to two months to test whether it would work for them

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Bristol City Council has launched a new initiative that could enable businesses and organisations to try electric vehicles (EVs) before purchasing them.

Businesses and organisations of the area will benefit from the free loan of 64 EVs for up to two months.

The council has secured a £3 million grant from Highways England is due to help Bristol businesses and organisations switch to EVs and reduce air pollution across the city.

The funding will be used to purchase the new fleet, which will be owned by a new local body named the EV Centre of Excellence.

The centre will also provide businesses with expert advice on converting vehicle fleets to electric.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “We are dedicated to cleaning up Bristol’s air pollution in the fastest time possible and creating a healthier city.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure this funding from Highways England, which will enable us to provide the support businesses and organisations need to start making the transition over to cleaner vehicles.”