Camden Christmas Lights, courtesy of Toyota Prius and Vauxhall AmperaDecember 20, 2012
Camden hosted the electric Christmas event in Bedford Square to launch its
free electric vehicle trials for Camden businesses.
Visitors got a chance to check out two of the trial electric vehicles, a Vauxhall Ampera E-REV
and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which were covered in Christmas lights powered by the cars, accompanied by carol singers and free hot chocolate and mince pies (kindly sponsored by Toyota).
After Christmas the vehicles will be available to Camden businesses for completely free two-week EV trials. The trials will also include an Ashwood Hybrid Transit Van from March.
Camden is the first local authority to work with manufacturers in this way – to help get people into electric vehicles to try them for themselves, and dispel any myths and preconceptions.
This project is part of Camden’s new Cleaner Air for London Businesses project – where Camden is working with businesses to help them reduce air pollution – and which also often saves money and reduces CO2.
Air pollution is a cause of concern across central London – which is why the historic Bedford Square, near Tottenham Court Road, was a perfect location to host this event.
Walking, cycling or using public transport is the best way to improve air quality, but if vehicles are essential, going electric eliminates almost all local air pollutants.