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Local Cheltenham business gets even greener with a fleet of electric bikes

PUBLISHED: 11:15 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:16 25 March 2014

The Big Green Cleaning Company, who provide eco-friendly domestic and commercial cleaning services throughout Cheltenham and Worcester have added a ?eet of electric bikes to their green credentials.

The Big Green Cleaning Company, who provide eco-friendly domestic and commercial cleaning services throughout Cheltenham and Worcester have added a ?eet of electric bikes to their green credentials.

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The Big Green Cleaning Company, who provide eco-friendly domestic and commercial cleaning services throughout Cheltenham and Worcester have added a fleet of electric bikes to their green credentials.

The five Kuo electric bikes, provided by local business Take Charge Bikes, are pollution free, economical and sustainable. Working similar to a conventional bike, they include a battery powered electric motor, which assists the rider and allows for faster travel and ease uphill. The cost of mains electricity to fully charge the battery is about 5p. Compared with the equivalent cost for petrol this equates to over 450km per litre of fuel.

Claire, The Big Green Cleaning Company Owner says: “The electric bikes will allow our team to work in an even more sustainable and eco-friendly way. It will also offer health benefits to the staff and save them time and money when travelling to clients. It’s quite fun too!”

The funding for the bikes was awarded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, with a grant of £4,000. The fund is there to support local businesses in reducing carbon emissions from travel.

Take Charge Bikes will be working with Claire and the team to offer training and support, though they’ve been assured that once you’ve experienced electrically assisted cycling you won’t want to go back

The fleet of bikes will be on the road from the 31st of March, so if anyone spots them please do take a photo and let Claire know what you think! You can email claire@biggreencleaning.co.uk, or follow on Twitter @BigGreenCleanCo!

The Big Green Cleaning Company Ltd has been trading since 2011, though recently rebranded, was previously branded as GreenMop. Local Sustainable Transport Fund grant information and application form: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=50874&p=0

Take Charge Bikes website: www.takechargebikes.co.uk

About The Bikes

Designed to be highly portable, the Kuo conveniently folds down and comes with an optional bag

for easy carrying or storage. Maximum speed of 25km/h (15.5mph) and a range of up to 40km (25 miles). Though they can be used like a conventional bike when the battery is flat.

Recharging is as easy as charging a mobile phone or laptop, simply plug into any standard

outlet. Kuo uses Panasonic lithium ion batteries and recharges fully within six to seven hours.

Two of the main advantages of electric bikes is that they literally flatten hills and increase your

average speed when tackling inclines and headwinds.

The full specification for the Kuo electric bike www.wearea2b.com/uk/collection/kuo

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