Electric vehicle retailer gathers pace as it opens flagship store
EcoMove, distributes an all-electric, affordable range of mopeds, bikes, step on scooters and recently opened the doors to its flagship store in Bristol, thanks in part to funding from Lloyds Bank via the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).
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Co-founder John Dorman says the number of enquiries about its e-mopeds, e-bikes and e-scooters has quadrupled since the business launched and he plans to create more jobs in the area having already doubled the team since exiting from lockdown.
EcoMove, founded in June 2019, already sells to the general public via its website and partnerships with various South West businesses. It also works with networking groups like The Future Economy as part of a mutual effort to improve air quality and ease congestion in local towns and cities.
Depending on the model, the e-mopeds have a range of up to 80 miles, can achieve speeds of up to 48mph and the removable battery can be recharged simply using a normal household plug socket. All models cost less than 1p/mile to run, don’t need road tax and all with zero carbon emissions and its new flagship store even has an indoor test track for people to come and try before they buy.
John Dorman, Co-Founder at EcoMove, said: “At the start of March, it looked like lockdown might derail our plans, but with the Bank’s support we were able to stay on track.
"The indoor track is unique in the South West and means people and businesses can come and see what’s best for them in a completely safe and secure environment and have fun while they are doing it.
"It’s more important than ever to prioritise our sustainability goals as we emerge from the pandemic, and do our part to protect the environment, which is the reason we started the business in the first place."
John Dorman, Co-Founder, EcoMove
"E-mobility can play a crucial part in tackling pollution in city centres, taking just one car off the road means taking up to six tons of carbon out of the atmosphere. Now that public transport has been affected by social distancing measures, our range of all-electric transport products will offer people real sustainable alternatives that keep them on the move. We are always looking to help businesses and would welcome a conversation and can offer advice on how we can help them become Carbon Neutral.”
Richard Stoneham, Area Manager at Lloyds Bank Business Banking, added: “EcoMove offers a really exciting, innovative range of products. It’s so encouraging to see that they have been able to survive lockdown and thrive as we begin to get out and about again, as evidenced by such an increase in enquiries.
“We’ve set an ambitious goal of working with customers, the government and the market to help reduce the emissions we finance by more than 50 per cent by 2030, supporting the UK’s ambition to be net zero by 2050. A key part of that will be creating green products and services to make it easier for our customers to invest in tackling climate change. There’s also support for businesses through financing their investments in the green economy.”
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