Gareth Davies, the owner of Pest & Drone Solutions in Cardiff, has invested in an electric motorbike to enable him to work in the city centre when the congestion charge is introduced in the next 12 months.
“A lot of my business now is in and around Cardiff and fuel is very expensive,” Mr Davies said.
“On the bike, which I have bought from Stirling Eco, I can get into the city centre quickly through the congestion zone and I’ll not be paying the Road Fund Licence.”
When Mr Davies visited Stirling Eco, one model had a sidecar on it.
“I thought a nice toolbox could go on there,” he said. “The secure box, which is waterproof and lockable, will have all my basic tools for rats, mice, ants, a small sprayer, my Telesteps and my PPE will be in there in a separate bag.
Mr Davies said that to charge the bike’s battery, from 10%-100%, costs £3.50 per charge and takes two hours.
He is currently deciding which electric van best suits his needs for long ladders and his tower scaffolding.
Mr Davies added: “By the end of the year, I’m going to be totally electric. From a green point of view, I want to have a zero-carbon footprint.”