An electric charity drive

Lookers CEO Andy Bruce with Glasgow Audi sales executive David McVey

NEW and used car dealer Lookers has been charging ahead with an alternative fuel themed charity initiative.

The Lookers Electric Charge campaign is a carbon-neutral challenge in aid of motor retailing industry charity Ben. Lookers’ initiative sees a relay of electric vehicles travel 2,000 miles, visiting all 155 of the firm’s franchised dealerships along the way.

Campaign activities include a number of fundraising events including carbon neutral days and green energy workshops as well as test drive events and golf days.

The Scottish leg of the campaign began at Audi Ayr on 24 May and finished up at Lookers Volkswagen Dumfries in June.

Among the electric powered cars tested for driveability and range as part of the initative were the new model Nissan Leaf, the Hyundai IONIQ, the Audi A3 e-tron, the Range Rover Sport P-HEV, the Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid and the e-Golf, the fully electric version of the Volkswagen model.

Looker chief exec Andy Bruce said: “The initiative enables us to shine a light on a number of important topics and join timely conversations surrounding the electric car industry and, of course, highlight the fantastic work that Ben is doing within the motor retail community.”

Zara Ross, chief executive at Ben, which provides support for those in need within the motor industry, said the charity appreciated the support from Lookers.