Watch out for a bright orange Mitsubishi iMiEV on the streets of the town.
You can’t miss the electric vehicle because it has been strikingly decorated with a design submitted by Sean Elliott, the winner from 500 entries to a competition open to school children across the town.
Swindon Commercial Services Ltd. (SCS) has purchased the completely silent car to reduce its environmental impact by reducing CO2 omissions to zero.
SCS managing director Bill Fisher, pictured with Sean Elliott, said: “The financial analysis carried out as part of the business case to buy the vehicle showed that it will pay for itself after 8,000 miles. There is no road tax to pay and the cost of charging the batteries is very low.
"Sean has come up with a striking design which clearly sends a message about SCS. As a solar power installer and as a generator of solar power from panels on the roof of our building, the electrical vehicle fits into the SCS commitment to reducing our impact on the environment.”
The car will travel for up to 93 miles before a recharge is required from the plug-in point at the SCS headquarters in Waterside Park. Charging facilities around the town are being discussed.
Sean said: “I wanted to get the idea of the sun powering the car The design looks really good, different from when I was doing it on the computer. It’s good to know that people around the town will see it.”
Sean won himself a £50 technology voucher and Isambard £400 worth of horticultural products and services supplied by SCS.
SCS hopes to have five hydrogen powered vans on Swindon roads later in the year if a bid to the government’s zero carbon vehicle fund is successful.