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Toyota GB joins Isle of Wight sustainable energy project

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The manufacturer joins existing partners IBM, Toshiba, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Silver Spring Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), ITM Power and Southern Water in a project aimed at decarbonising the island and transferring its energy supply to renewable sources, making it self-sufficient by 2020.

Ten charging points are being installed across the island by by SSE and Chargemaster, supporting electric vehicle use. The Isle of Wight has also received £4.66m funding from the Technology Strategy Board for an ITM-led project to build a hydrogen energy production, storage and refueling system for fuel cell vehicles. This will also supply power to the island’s electrical grid.

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.’

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.