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Evie bikes head for Africa

Evie bikes head for Africa

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Evie bikes head for Africa

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Shared mobility firm, EVie has donated some of its surplus stock of electric bikes to The Eleanor Foundation.

The company that runs the EVie electric bike hire company on the island recently announced that the current stock of over 100 brightly coloured bikes will be donated to charity and will see further life in Africa.

Director, Barrie Duerden said “With the current stock of bikes at the end of their working life, in keeping with our sustainability ethos we wanted to ensure that they were recycled. We also wanted to assist local charities, so donating the bikes to The Eleanor Foundation is the perfect outcome.” 

Allister Carey, Founder Director of The Eleanor Foundation explained what will happen: “We are delighted that EVie are in a position to donate these bikes. The batteries will be stripped out and sent to the UK for recycling. The bikes themselves will be delivered to the UK charity Re-Cycle for onward shipping to partner organisations in various African countries where they will be used within rural communities. In Guernsey, many bikes are either thrown away or lie unused in sheds and garages whilst many people living in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. We have been sending bikes to Re-Cycle since 2013 and this welcome donation from EVie will bring the total number of bikes received ever closer to 4,000."

EVie is keen to expand its services by offering cars and vans whilst also partnering with the States of Guernsey and through its Corporate Partner Programme; local firms and hospitality businesses.

Jamie Kelly, the Chief Executive explained: “This programme allows firms to reduce their carbon footprint by having access to a fleet of shareable electric vehicles from micro cars to vans. This will help their guests, clients and staff with the cost of living crisis, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing congestion and easing parking. Several companies operating on a pan island basis already use the scheme."

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