Electric priest scoots around parish

10 December 2008

by Ed Beavan

Small footprint: the Revd Gill Lovell on her electric scooter

Small footprint: the Revd Gill Lovell on her electric scooter

A GREEN-minded cleric has taken to scooting around her parish in a bid to reduce her carbon footprint. The Revd Gill Lovell, Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s, Burghfield, near Reading, now uses an electric scooter for all local journeys, having found a bicycle too time-consuming and vulnerable to the elements, and a car too environmentally unfriendly.

During a recent trip to South Africa on a ministry placement, Mrs Lovell says she saw at first hand the impact climate change is having on developing countries, even though much of the responsibility lies with rich nations. “Minimising my carbon footprint by going electric seemed an obvious way to make a bigger difference for the world and our children.

“I initially looked into getting an electric car, but the cost was prohibitive; so the electric scooter was the perfect solution. I live a couple of miles from the church; so it helps me to visit people on the other side of the parish, and is so much greener than using the car for short journeys, which is disastrous en­vironmentally. It’s much greener than a car, and doesn’t pump out fumes. And it’s silent.”

The electric scooter has a top speed of 30 mph, and is charged by being plugged into the mains. Its carbon footprint works out at 3g per km, compared with 139g per km for a small hatchback such as Mrs Lovell’s car, which she still occasionally uses for longer journeys.

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