The government has stated that it will not be possible to purchase petrol and diesel powered vehicles after 2030. Community Transport currently relies almost entirely on diesel powered vehicles. The project is to acquire and operate a 7/8 seat electric MPV in a rural area for community transport purposes.
The MPV will have wheelchair carrying capability and will be used to transport people who do not have easy access to transport and may have disability issues. Destinations will include medical facilities (surgeries, hospitals etc.) and essential shopping.
A new charity - Teme Wheels - has been registered and will use volunteers to achieve its objectives. A two year pilot scheme is envisaged at the end of which a report will be written and made available to other community transport charities.
What we'll deliver:
- Plan routes and services to operate with the electric MPV
- Research and acquire the EV along with installing suitable charging arrangements.
- Provide accessible transport for essential journeys
Why it's a great idea:
This project will be transformational, not only in terms of the environment, but also for the social impact it will have on our long-term financial sustainability in continuing to provide vital transport services to the vulnerable communities of Worcestershire. Many of the older residents in our rural communities suffer badly from isolation with consequent impacts on their health and wellbeing. Families may also need support in transporting children for educational and social purposes. Since this project is also aimed at improving our environment, it should attract funding from large organisations that have ecological concerns on their agendas.
Steps to get it done:
- Acquire an electric MPV with wheelchair capability
The charity has five trustees; four have considerable operating experience with community transport providers in Worcestershire. The other is a past mayor of Tenbury Wells and has accounting knowledge.
In the last month we have attracted some small donations amounting to a total of approx. £4000.