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Welcome to GO-EV Car Share, a community car share scheme offering electric vehicles for hire to residents, local and visiting businesses on the Isles of Scilly.

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Innovation of the GO-EV Project

The number of cars on the Isles of Scilly remains relatively high in relation to the tiny adopted road network of under 10 miles.  In a bid to change behaviour away from car ownership and encourage the uptake of electric vehicles, the Council of the Isles of Scilly is delivering the GO-EV project as part of the Smart Islands programme.

The project will see a network of 27 electric vehicle charging points installed across all five islands during 2020/21, providing a solid infrastructure of electricity grid network connections to support the transition to electric vehicles.

10 charging points will be dedicated to the car share scheme and the remaining chargers will be for general use by those wishing to purchase their own electric vehicles.

As part of the innovation side of the project, the vehicles from the car share will also become part of the electricity network on Scilly, capable of discharging the energy from their batteries to optimise balancing of the grid Known as vehicle-to-grid bidirectional charging or V2G for short, the project will help the rest of the UK understand how this type of technology might become part of the electricity grid of the future.  The car share vehicles will also be housed under solar canopies allowing the project to test the optimisation of direct charging of electric vehicles from solar photovoltaic panels.

The project is also hoping to deliver an electric community bus and a network of electric cargo bikes for hire alongside the car share scheme. The aim is to get as many people as possible walking and cycling with the provision of a bus service as a second option and the car share providing a full complement of mobility options.  The project is managed by the Council of the Isles of Scilly and is being delivered by two project partners: the Isles of Scilly Community Venture and Hitachi Europe Ltd.  The GO-EV project is being funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership with £606,000 from the Government's Local Growth Fund and £2.4 million from European Regional Development Fund.

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