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Gloucestershire estate agents go green

CGT Lettings & Sales have taken on a fleet of fully electric company cars in a bid to reduce air pollution in Gloucestershire.

The new fleet

The company manages and sells property in all corners of the county, racking up the associated mileage whilst doing so.

The company have acquired Volkswagen e-Golf cars from local family run specialists Cleevely Electric Vehicles.

The e-Golf is ideal for urban journeys, enabling the CGT team to be on the road all day without worrying about losing charge.

Samantha Smith of Cleevely Electric Vehicles said: ''We are delighted to support CGT Lettings & Sales in their switch to EVs.

"It's essential that everyone does their part in helping reduce carbon emissions across our county. We are committed to helping drivers experience the benefits of low emission vehicles, and it's great to see this local business leading the way."

Frequent short journeys and cold starts in petrol and diesel cars are particularly harmful, so switching to electric vehicles means there is an immediate reduction in carbon emissions.

As well as reducing emissions, electric vehicles can also be cost effective to run. The e-Golf only costs 4p per mile versus 14p for the petrol equivalent, and like all electric vehicles is exempt from road tax. As the list price is well under £40k it's also exempt from the £320 annual surcharge that applies to more expensive vehicles.

Lynne Wheatley, operations manager at CGT Lettings & Sales, said: ''We are a pro-active business across the board. Switching to electric vehicles was something we decided we needed to do and have done it. Working with Cleevely Electric Vehicles has been fantastic.

"Taking on these cars has not only enhanced our green credentials but it's been so educational. We've also had electric charging points installed by JEC Electrical at three offices so staff will be able to charge the cars in between appointments.

"The whole experience has been such a brilliant collaboration between Gloucestershire based businesses.''

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