For the few who live in rural Warwickshire without access to a car, some may find themselves requiring urgent help or support, the leisurely pace of countryside life can suddenly feel a bit too relaxed!

In the village of Harbury – just 6 miles South-East of Royal Leamington Spa –  we partnered with the Big60Million community benefit energy company, to help local volunteers expand on an eco-friendly transport scheme to bring mobility support to residents in need.

The Harbury Energy Initative (HEI) is a volunteer-run group that aims to conserve energy, reduce household costs and minimise the areas carbon footprint. In 2014, HEI obtained funding from the Department for Transport and Carplus Trust to set-up the Harbury E-Car club.

Two years later, and the scheme known as e-Wheels continues to use the E-Car’s to run missions of social benefit, including: providing personal transport to residents in need and delivering donated goods to warehouses. The scheme also integrates with local agencies, such as childcare centres, social services, surgeries and food banks.

The e-Wheels service is provided at no cost to its users, with volunteer drivers receiving free E-Car Club membership.

Big60Million CEO Toddington Harper said: “By using zero-emission electric vehicles to help isolated local residents in their hour of need, HEI’s inspiring community transport scheme embraces exactly the type of community and environmental values that Big60Million is built upon. We are very happy to be involved in a project that fits so well with our own raison d’être.”

Chris Morris, Managing Director of E-Car Club, commented: “This project fits perfectly with E-Car’s core mission to improve local mobility while at the same time reducing both the environmental impact and cost of each journey decision made. Thanks to the support of HEI, Big60Million and the e-Wheels volunteers we’re going to be able to offer flexible, low cost and sustainable transport to those in the community that truly need it most. I’m delighted we’re a part of this programme and hope it proves a blueprint for similar schemes across the country.”

Bob Sherman, Co-founder and Chairman of HEI, added: “It has been truly energising to have such strong support from Big60Million and E-Car for the e-Wheels scheme. Without this help, many socially disadvantaged people in our neighbouring communities would be left with few or no transport options to get to appointments or receive emergency assistance. We are particularly grateful to Big60Million for the speed of their response. I only had to sketch our plan briefly and they came behind it instantly.”

If you live locally to Harbury and would like to drive an E-Car from just £5.50 per hour, please visit: ecarclub.co.uk/join to become a member.