Drivers looking to cut their carbon footprint are being invited to test drive the latest electric cars for a year.
The chosen motorists will enjoy the 12 month trial of the electric vehicle in return for filling in regular surveys and having their journeys recorded by GPS tracking devices.
The information will be collected and analysed by scientists at Coventry University and could be used to develop future electric car policy.
It is part of the trial of 110 electric cars being run by Birmingham and Coventry City Councils under the Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators or CABLED banner, and funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board.
Six vehicle manufacturers – Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi, smart, Tata Motors, LTI and Microcab Industries – are contributing vehicles, which include a mix of fully electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, available for a minimum 12 month lease.
For the research project they are looking for commuters to trial a Mitsubishi i MiEV, a smart fortwo electric drive or a Tata Indica Vista EV, from November 2009.
They need to live or work in the West Midlands, agree to fill in the surveys and have either off street parking or a garage at their home.
Applicants should email Coventry University on email@example.com or telephone 024 7679 5788 to find out more.