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Residents celebrate getting a community electric car Credit: Newport Car Club
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One resident finds out where the power goes! Credit: Newport Car Club
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Residents take the Leaf for a spin Credit: Newport Car Club
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Residents hit the road in their new Nissan Leaf Credit: Newport Car Club

Members of Wales' first electric car club have taken to the roads for the first time. Cilgwyn Community Group will share the new Nissan Leaf as part of a community transport scheme. They were able to buy the car thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS programme.

It's hoped the scheme will become self-sustaining as more people join.

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Community to share new electric car

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Residents will be able to share a Nissan Leaf electric car, similar to this one Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Residents of Cilgwyn near Newport are launching Wales' first community electric car club. Members of Cilgwyn Community Group will unveil their first electric car, which will be available for the whole community to share.

The project is all thanks to a grant of nearly £25,000 awarded from the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS programme.

Local residents will be able to book the new Nissan Leaf electric car online or over the phone at an introductory price of £2.50 per hour and five pence per mile. A software programme will work out what they owe.

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