The Alexander Hotel in Cayman Brac is offering guests an electric car to rent.
The hotel, which launched the new service on Friday, 21 September, is renting a two-seater Wheego LiFe, which comes with the standard features of a regular car, including driver and passengers airbags, anti-lock brakes, power windows and optional air conditioning.
The Wheego LiFe can travel about 100 miles on a single charge, is rechargeable from any 100v outlet and tops out at 80 miles per hour on the speedometer. It takes about eight hours to fully recharge the battery.
Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, who attended the launch ceremony, congratulated the owners of hotel, Cleveland and Celina Dilbert, and the supplier of the vehicle, John Felder, for having the foresight to offer an electric rent-a-car service.
“We in Cayman Brac know that we have a pristine environment to offer our visitors and we have worked hard to promote eco-tourism,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly said. “Everyone knows we are expanding our airport on the Brac, as part of our plan to attract more tourists. Services such of this will help us to enhance our tourism product.”
Hotel manager Karen Gascoigne said the Alexander Hotel was delighted to be the first hotel in the Caribbean to offer the Wheego electric car to visitors and residents alike.
“This opportunity has boosted our profile in the eco-tourism category and will be welcomed by tourists who are keen to see sustainable environmental programmes within their vacation destinations. We encourage our guests to explore the beauty of this island and now we can add this service. No matter how many miles they do whilst here, the impact on the environment will be negligible, and in the long-term, will help to keep Cayman Brac as a beautiful, clean environment for future generations,” Ms Gascoigne said.
Mr. Felder, who has encouraged the introduction of electric vehicles to the Cayman Islands for many years, said he was pleased to realise his dream of making electric cars available in Cayman Brac.
“We have worked so hard to bring electric vehicles here. This car is an important part of protecting our beautiful surroundings and I am happy to be a part of that process,” he said.
The car arrived in Cayman Brac earlier this year, but could only be driven after the Traffic Law and its regulations were amended last month.