Oxfordshire electric micro mobility manufacturer goes back to school

EAV at Gordonstoun

Electric Assisted Vehicles, the Oxfordshire-based micro-mobility manufacturer, having been invited to present the ultra-lightweight zero emissions EAV2Cubed at Gordonstoun, the world famous Scottish boarding school, have immediately put the vehicle into service on the 200 acre estate to test its abilities in comparison with the current vans operating on site.

Movement of maintenance equipment by grounds people and domestic supplies for cleaning staff have been the immediate deployment but the 2Cubed is also being used to collect and distribute packages and goods delivered to the front gate of the school.

“In a campus environment, the 2Cubed is the perfect solution,” said Adam Barmby, Founder and CEO of EAV. “The vehicle is extremely benign and moves through the environment quietly, efficiently and safely. The front of the EAV was specifically designed to be familiar and non-threatening, so in a location where you have lots of children and young people, like a school or university campus, it doesn’t provoke any anxiety so is the perfect substitute for any urban van or goods vehicle.”

Gordonstoun in known as being one of the most enlightened and progressive private schools in the UK. Founded in 1934, the school focuses on an ethos of social responsibility and character as well as academic excellence. The school is working to get to ‘Green Flag’ status, an award which recognises Gordonstoun as an institution which prioritises taking care of the environment. The focus this year is on transport, so the school was keen to try out the EAV as an alternative to vans.

“We are all acutely aware of the impact of global warming and the drastic steps now necessary to reverse the damage caused by many of the technology advances made during the 19th and 20th Centuries.” stated Leo Bethell, head of partnerships at EAV. “Reducing emissions from all forms of transport is vital and EAV is providing a solution to advance this process with the introduction of lightweight, bio-mechanical hybrid vehicles which use a combination of human power boosted by clean electricity.”

The current initiative to move across to eCargo solutions is sponsored and operated by The Energy Savings Trust with Transport Scotland as part of the eBike Grant Fund. The programme is designed to support trials in further and higher education institutions, among other applications.

“The EAV has been a big hit with both staff and students here at Gordonstoun” said Lisa Kerr, Principal of Gordonstoun. “Our domestic and maintenance staff have found it very easy to operate and very manoeuvrable around campus. Our school community are very environmentally aware and embrace the need for change. The use of these lightweight EAV vehicles at the school and on the estate will help to cut emissions but also help our staff to become more efficient as they can move from task to task more quickly and easily. We can see this being a useful environmentally-friendly vehicle for schools, colleges and universities worldwide and we’re delighted to be a part of that future”.