In the remote islands of the Scottish Hebrides archipelago, people make use of its renewable wind energy infrastructures. With it, Renault cars also utilize wind energy as the main source to power up its engines.
The Scottish Hebrides Islands are one of the many popular vacation destinations known for their renewable energy resources. More specifically at the island of Eigg, French multinational automotive company Renault makes an attempt to make use its electric cars available for rent in the vacation spot.
Renault will be making available its electric cars for hire throughout the archipelago. The Zoe hatchbacks and the Kangoo ZE minivan can be availed by the islanders or by tourists in an hourly to daily basis. The vehicles will be powered by the electricity coming from the Pentland Road wind farm.
The wind farm was designed to take advantage of the local climate conditions that surround the area, which provided its residents with renewable wind energy. Although, the cost of these developments averaged about a 12-year period at an expense of nearly $37 million.
Wind energy was an efficient power source because of the location of the island along with its local weather. Efficient enough, Renault utilized this power source by powering up the Zoe and the Kangoo's electric engines. Also, the weather conditions that surround the island are more than enough to supply electricity to meet the domestic loads outside the Hebrides islands.
Renewable energy such as wind power can be beneficial for folk making a living in remote islands such as the Hebrides. The island of Eigg for example aims of becoming the first island to depend on renewable energy sources completely. Being cut off from the mainland completely, the island relied on diesel generators in the past. Noting this history, Eigg Electric worked its way to construct a power grid that used wind turbines, hydroelectric generators and solar panels, so as not to rely on generators and make use of the climate that surrounds the archipelago by using renewable energy sources, making the weather an asset instead of an inconvenience.
Remote islands in general have small populations. This makes renewable energy more manageable. And when it goes down to electric cars, it is more of a Renault test zone for its electric automobiles as the Hebrides have limited roads to drive on.