Electric car for Edinburgh City Car Club

Edinburgh City Car Club is to introduce its first electric car in the spring as part of a new trial of highly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Edinburgh City Car Club hopes to introduce an electric car

It intends to purchase either the Nissan Leaf or the new Toyota Prius Plug-In, a hybrid whose diesel engine only kicks in when it runs out of charge – about 5 per cent of the time.

The only existing car club with electric vehicles is in London, the EV Club.

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The City Car Club wants to introduce electric cars to its other clubs across Britain, which includes Glasgow.

Vicky Shipway, a spokeswoman for the Edinburgh club, said: “We are working with Edinburgh City Council, which provides the club’s parking spaces, to add an electric vehicle next year.

“However, charging points are a problem because the technology is changing so fast, so we will need to future-proof it.”