Camana Bay’s electric avenue

It may not look as glamorous or sleek as Knight Rider’s Kit, but a special new car is joining the security detail at Camana Bay.

Dart Cayman Islands snapped up the island’s first electric car at an auction last month and is putting it to work on security patrol.

The vehicle was put up for sale by Cayman Automotive to raise money for charity at the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Camelot Auction, at which Dart paid CI$16,500 for the car.

The company said the electric car’s quiet running and clean emissions would not impact the environment at Camana Bay.

Derek Haines, senior manager of health, safety, environment and security for Dart Cayman Islands as well as president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, said:

‘I am very grateful to Dart for supporting the auction, both in attendance and in purchasing the vehicle and other items,’ he said. ‘The car will be used for security patrols within Camana Bay and help us to preserve the high level of safety and service enjoyed by our visitors and residents.’

The vehicle will carry emergency equipment, including a first aid kit and heart defibrillator.

The car can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and will be able to get security personnel around the 500-acre development considerably quicker than they could on foot.

It is expected to go into operation in Camana Bay in the next couple of weeks, Mr. Haines said, once the Camana Bay logo and a rooftop light has been affixed to the car.

Until licensing details have been finalised on allowing electric cars on public roads, the vehicle will only be able to patrol on private roads within Camana Bay.

The Global Electric Motorcars electric car is the first of its kind in the Cayman Islands, and the company said it fitted in with the environmentally sensitive approach taken with the design and operation of Camana Bay.

The vehicle runs on batteries that charge from a standard 110V outlet, and take between six and eight hours to fully charge. The range on a single charge is around 30 miles.