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Highlands and Islands Showcased Low Carbon Transport on Low Carbon Day

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Cllr Trish Robertson in one of Low Carbon Day’s hydrogen powered cars.

COP26 is now well underway, with leaders and delegates from all across the world meeting in Glasgow to discuss climate action.

On Friday (29 October), the Highlands and Islands showcased low carbon transport at the UHI Inverness Campus.

The event was organised by HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, as well as The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NHS Highland, Inverness College UHI, Highlands & Islands Student Association, and other local partners.

Low Carbon Day saw demonstrations of hydrogen vehicles, including a bus which was provided shuttle rides for attendees around the campus, a road sweeper, reuse lorry plus a hydrogen car.

Also, on display were e-bikes, including E-cargo bikes, electric vehicles, Enterprise Car Club EVs and hybrids. Student activities organised by HISA took place from 12-2pm.

Hi-Bike, a new E-bike share scheme developed by HITRANS was also promoted.

Vikki Trelfer, HITRANS said:

“It was great to see so many people out and the hydrogen vehicles received a lot of interest.

“The HITRANS e-cargo bikes are now looking for new homes with businesses looking to trial them for the next three months, and HI-BIKE has promotions running for the duration of COP26.”

Drew Hendry MP, attended the event as well as Cllrs Trish Robertson and Angela MacLean.

Chair of Highland Council’s Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson, said:

“It was good to see the hydrogen vehicles at UHI on Friday.

“I enjoyed my test drive of the car but would like to see a more economical model.

“This would take less resources and more aptly fit the climate change objectives.”

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