Ten days into our fundraising campaign The Big Lemon is halfway to its target of £100,000 for our first electric bus - what will be the first fully electric bus in Brighton & Hove.
As reported in the Brighton & Hove Independent last week, and on Latest TV just yesterday, The Big Lemon is in the middle of a campaign to raise money to buy electric buses to help address air quality in Brighton & Hove and trial new technology to enable us to develop even greener, cleaner bus services.
This will be a huge investment for us, as each electric bus costs approximately twice as much as the equivalent diesel vehicle:
|What do we need to get our first electric bus?||Cost|
|‘Slow’ charger for overnight charging||£2,440|
|‘Fast’ charger for topping up the charge||£23,111|
The response from the public has been incredible, with over £50,000 pledged in just ten days! This is half of what we need for our first electric bus, and together with some of our own money and a government grant, we are hoping to be able to raise what we need by the end of February, so we can have the bus on the road in September:
Where is the money coming from?
|Government grant for the bus||£108,865|
|Government grant for the charging infrastructure||£19,163|
Tom Druitt, Managing Director, said
"I'd like to thank everyone for their support - it's been overwhelming. It's really happening now, and to raise that much money in such a short time shows us that people are keen to see this technology in Brighton & Hove. We have £50,000 left to raise, so I'd like to ask everyone to spread the word, check behind your sofas and take advantage of what is a fantastic investment opportunity"
Andrew Boag, from Brighton Area Buswatch said
"Brighton Area Buswatch welcomes this bid which will make a significant contribution to improving air quality in the city"