MP praises new electric car

MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, accepted an invitation to visit renowned Alnwick car dealership Tustain Motors.

On arrival she was met by Director Brian Baxter and Managing Director David Storey. They discussed the huge benefits of dualling the A1, business rates, and the future of the automotive industry post-Brexit.

Anne-Marie said: “It is so important to me to have regular meetings with local businesses to listen to their views and hear from them about any concerns they may have and their ideas for the future.  It was great to visit Tustain Motors in Alnwick and hear from them about how they plan to develop their business.  It was especially good to learn more about the new fully-electric Vauxhall Corsa which launches in March. It is great that Vauxhall is investing in new electric vehicles, which will make it easier for us all to make better choices for our planet.”

“We now have more electric vehicle charging points in the UK than petrol stations with more and more planned, including here in Northumberland.  With companies investing more in battery technology, the range on vehicles is improving, which is vital for our rural communities.”

Tustain already sells a range of hybrid Vauxhall models but the new Corsa will be fully electric, and customers can benefit from a grant of £3,500 from the Government towards the purchase.

Northumberland is in the top five local authorities in the country for the number of electric vehicle charging points. With the ban of the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles being brought forward by Boris Johnson to 2035, it is vital the infrastructure is in place to enable motorists to transition to electric vehicles.