Isle of Wight continues low carbon makeover

The Isle of Wight’s dream of becoming energy self-sufficient by the end of the decade came one step closer this week, when its transport system began a low carbon makeover. […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Isle of Wight’s dream of becoming energy self-sufficient by the end of the decade came one step closer this week, when its transport system began a low carbon makeover.

The isle off the coast of Britain is the home of Ecoislands, a project designed to be a global example of community-led carbon free living.

Toyota gave the Ecoislands project a Prius Plug-in hybrid car which will use ten new charging points already being rolled out by SSE and Chargemaster.

Ecoislands founder and chief executive David Green said: “Due to its size and smaller road network the Isle of Wight is the ideal location for the widespread use of electric vehicles and the Prius Plug-in will provide us with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the usability and cost-effectiveness of this technology.”

The island is hosting a global summit in October where it will invite other islands from around the world to also become energy self-sufficient, as well as showcasing research and community initiatives spanning energy, transport, fuel, water and waste management.