China's EuAuto to use Bornholm as EV test island  

2010.04.19
From June to October this year, visitors to the Danish island of Bornholm will be able to test drive a small two-seater electric vehicle from China's EuAuto

From June to October this year, visitors to the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea will be able to test drive a small two-seater electric vehicle (EV), as a result of a deal struck during the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 last December in Copenhagen between the Chinese firm EuAuto Technology and Business Center Bornholm, reports the latter in a press release.

 

EuAuto will deploy five of the EVs, called MyCar, with the objective of using the island as a test laboratory for studying customers' experiences of going electric. The project will also be used to develop a user-friendly GPS-based guidance system. Long-term, the idea is to establish a fleet of EVs for use in the tourism and visitor sectors.

 

EuAuto business development director Michael Lee says in the press release that the deal is closely allied to Bornholm's ‘Bright Green Island’ strategy which aims to transform the island into a CO2 neutral society based on sustainable principles: "Bornholm has taken the lead for becoming a test island for development of clean technologies and businesses. This is very attractive to us and we see many advantages in being part of this. At the same time Bornholm can benefit in many ways from our presence and activities."

 

This latter point is echoed by Lene Grønning of Business Center Bornholm.

 

"This is an agreement that can lead to new jobs on the island. The cars will need service, maintenance and administration. The agreement evidences that Bornholm is a unique place to test new green technologies," she says.

 

The Danish Consulate General and Invest in Denmark have taken part in getting the agreement in place.

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