The Monsheim district council has purchased two VW ID.3 Pro Life electric vehicles for its field staff.

The project is being funded with a total of 13,148 euros by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the Electric Mobility funding guideline, which is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ – Projektträger Jülich).

The new electric vehicles replace two petrol-engined passenger cars at the district council administration whose leasing contracts have expired. They will be used for business trips in the field, but are also available for work-related trips to the district administration or to seminars.

Over the coming weeks, two wall boxes will be installed in the courtyard of the district council administration to charge the vehicles, which will also be funded by the BMVI with an estimated 800 euros each. In addition, a public charging station with two charging spaces is to be installed in the visitors’ car park and a further charging station is planned in the car park of the medical centre in the Monsheim industrial estate.

“For the predominantly short official journeys, the latest generation of purely electrically powered vehicles are certainly a very sensible alternative, especially as pure wind power is generally available for charging in Monsheim,” explains Ralph Bothe, Mayor of the regional municipality. “Whether this is already the drive type of the future or merely a bridging technology is not yet something that can be predicted at present.” As part of a hydrogen initiative of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Monsheim district council has therefore offered a free plot of land in the Monsheim industrial estate as a possible location for a hydrogen filling station.