As part of North Devon College s drive to reduce its carbon footprint, the educational establishment has turned to electric vehicle maker Powabyke for help. Powabyke is an innovative company helping to support the move towards efficient and greener transp

As part of North Devon College's drive to reduce its carbon footprint, the educational establishment has turned to electric vehicle maker Powabyke for help.Powabyke is an innovative company helping to support the move towards efficient and greener transport, providing high performance electric vehicles which don't cost the earth - literally. Local dealer Bike-It in Barnstaple has given the college a Powabyke to trial, to help staff travel from campus to campus in a cheap, easy and environmentally friendly way.North Devon College is committed to reducing its carbon emissions in line with North Devon District Council's new incentives, and has been searching for an electric bike manufacturer to supply reliable, efficient and user friendly bikes.Darren Armstrong, the Motor Vehicle Section Leader at the college, said that the trial bike is already proving popular with staff. He commented: "We have got one Powabyke on trial until January, and we have quite a few keen cyclists here and staff are excited about the new addition to the college fleet. At the college we have a fleet of 31 vehicles, and it is one of our priorities to look at alternative forms of transport which are cheap to run and environmentally friendly."Brian Moores, councillor for Instow and Head of Technology, added: "The college is very keen on introducing and promoting alternative transport solutions. The addition of the bikes and hybrid vehicle, will move us towards meeting North Devon District Council's carbon foot print reduction schemes." A range of electric bikes are available from Bike It, designed to give the benefits of traditional cycling without the effort. The electric scooters available are clean, green and available as both retro and modern models. Bike-It Barnstaple Ltd moved from Newport Road to their new larger premises on Mill Road, Barnstaple, at the end of December. The family-run business was established 14 years ago, and is run by local man Norman Taylor and his son-in-law Michael Parker.Powabyke's impressive range of electric bikes and scooters consume no petrol or diesel, produce no emissions and require no tax, driving licence, insurance or MOT. They are congestion charge exempt and can be driven in bus and cycle lanes. Recharging is by plugging the battery into any domestic main plug socket.Nick Child, director of Powabyke commented: "It's quite astonishing how much can be saved on trains, buses or even parking! With expensive parking charges being introduced around many British cities there really hasn't been a better time for Powabyke."For more information visit www.powabyke.com