The States of Guernsey is committed to encouraging sustainable transport, we hope that within this page you may find useful information regarding the sustainable transport choices available.
Electric vehicles are growing in popularity worldwide, vehicle manufacturers are developing more efficient electric vehicles in an effort to drastically reduce or eliminate exhaust emissions produced by conventional vehicles
Electric vans, motorbikes and cycles are becoming increasingly available. A pure electric vehicle runs solely on the battery. Typically, this type of vehicle has a range between 80-100 miles on a full battery charge, these figures are increasing as technology evolves further.
Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles also have a conventional petrol engine or generator which drives the wheels or in the latter case is used to charge the batteries. These have a longer range than with a battery alone. Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles are also being evaluated by some motor manufacturers. These vehicles use a mix of Hydrogen and oxygen to produce energy which drives an electric motor. Vehicles have a similar range to their fossil fuel powered equivalent models but there are currently very few filling stations nationally.
Running and maintenance costs for electric vehicles are lower when compared to a conventional motor vehicle as there are less mechanical components requiring servicing. In Guernsey, electric and other types of vehicles that do not produce Co2 emissions do not have to pay the emissions duty applied to a conventional motor vehicle upon first registration.
It is recommended that as part of the process of purchasing a fully electric vehicle, you consider access to charging points at your home. If you have a garage or drive then you can plug into the mains supply and the battery will charge overnight for example. It is recommended that you get advice from your vehicle manufacturer regarding installing suitable charging points at your home, some manufacturers provide support for the installation. If you have on street parking then you will need to make sure that any charging leads do not present a hazard to other street or footpath users. Your own electrical engineer or Guernsey Electricity should be able to advise on the suitability of your own vehicle charging requirements. Using renewable energy or "Off-Peak" charging times will help reduce running costs even more.
Les Douvres Hotel and Hotel De Havelet also have charging points which are available for guests and non guests, please contact the hotel for details on accessing the charge point, while the Renault dealership at Freelance Motors also has a charging point that may be accessed by arrangement. Here is a link to a national site showing various EV charging points across the UK and Channel Islands.
Converting to LPG can be another option, saving money on running costs and being cleaner for the environment compared to petrol/diesel; http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/fleet-management/fuel-management/we-save-around-1-200-per-vehicle-a-year-by-using-lpg LPG can be purchased from Doyle Motors.
For more detailed information about alternative fuel vehicles see the Guernsey Electric Vehicle Initiative site.
For more information on electric cars, vans and motorcycles please contact one of the local vehicle dealers or for information on electric cycles please contact one of the local cycle dealers:
The law relating to electric cycles can be found here.