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Lanzarote moves forward with more electric cars 

Lanzarote’s Cabildo is setting an example as the island bids to improve its sustainability and green power.

The authority has just taken possession of two electric vehicles to show its commitment to renewable energy.

Those present at the hand-over ceremony included councillor for energy and tourism, Rocío Arredondo; president of the Chamber of Commerce, José Torres; and Cristóbal Ángel who is responsible for the sale of electric cars with Renault.

The event was held at the bus exchange where a hybrid wind-photovoltaic consumption system has been installed.

Sr. Arredondo said the purchase of the two vehicles was a first step but there was still a long way to go to achieve a fleet entirely powered by renewable energy.

The Cabildo wants to encourage all parts of the island to follow the electric car initiative and they were studying various locations for charging points.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce congratulated the Cabildo on its initiative and encouraged local councils to follow their example as electric cars would also substantially reduce costs. Lanzarote currently had the largest fleet of electric cars but it would need the involvement of all to continue to move forward.

Renault says the cars recharge just like mobile phones and take about five hours to do so with the cost of the electricity involved being very low. There are also great savings on fuel and maintenance.