Putting the zoo into zoom with an eco-friendly car

Our Pennywell Road dealership in Bristol has this week (September 10, 2014) given a new vehicle to the Bristol Zoological Society to help spread the word about its conservation work.

The charity has been given a Nissan Leaf, which is an electric car.

Owain Cassidy from the Zoological Society, said: “We’re delighted that Wessex Garages on Pennywell Road has donated this vehicle to us for our use for a year. We will be driving it around to encourage our staff to travel sustainably, to help promote our conservation work and our two attractions, Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.

“Members of the public will be able to spot the car at various locations across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and South Wales.”

It’s the second year Wessex Garages has been the chosen automotive partner for the tourist attraction. Last year the dealership donated a Nissan Micra.

As well as running both attractions, the Bristol Zoological Society is involved in research and field conservation programmes, helping to protect the future of species and habitats around the world. As a long-term policy since the mid-1990s, the Society has been linking major exhibit areas and animals at both attractions to conservation programmes in the wild.

Our Managing Director, Keith Brock, added: “We really admire the work that the project undertakes and its mission to educate with regards threatened habitats.

Adam Davis, Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages, handing the keys for the Nissan Leaf to Owain Cassidy from the Bristol Zoological Society.

“This year we’re taking our vehicle donation a bit further and ensuring the vehicle is environmentally-friendly as this really enhances the organisation’s ethos.”

The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car and is built in Sunderland. The vehicle also benefits from the Government’s plug-in grant. The Government contributes 25%, up to a maximum of £5,000, towards the cost automatically bringing down the purchase price.

Keith added: “Electric cars are now faster and more responsive, which means they can deliver a comparable driving experience and level of comfort to their petrol and diesel counterparts.

“For example, the second generation Leaf has a range of 124 miles and it can be charged up for as little as £2 using a regular domestic socket.

“We also have a Rapid Charger available at the outlet, which can re-charge cars from 0 – 80% in 30 minutes. It would take a normal charger eight hours to power up a car to 80%, so using our rapid one can save customers time.”

A charge point for the Nissan Leaf is also located at Bristol Zoo Gardens in its north car park.

For more information, please call our dealership on Pennywell Road on 0117 244 9242.

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