Bute car club’s new hybrid goes on public display

Car Bute's new Toyota Yaris hybrid on show in the garden space on the corner of Montague Street and High Street in Rothesay.
Car Bute's new Toyota Yaris hybrid on show in the garden space on the corner of Montague Street and High Street in Rothesay.

A new Toyota Yaris hybrid has joined the fleet of Car Bute, the island’s own car club - and the new vehicle went on display in Rothesay this weekend.

The car attracted plenty of interest during its time in the new garden space on the corner of High Street and Montague Street on Friday and Saturday.

The new vehicle replaces one of two Ford Fusions in the club’s fleet, joining a seven-seater Renault Scenic on the island and a second Ford Fusion which is permanently based at Wemyss Bay.

Caroline Speirs from Car Bute, which is part of Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes, said: “The new car is what we would consider a ‘half-way-house’.

“Our ultimate aim is to secure funding for a fully electric vehicle, and also for a charging point on the island - not just for Car Bute but for anyone who owns an electric car.

“The new car is fully automatic - quite a few people have been asking us for an automatic - and it’s very easy to drive.

“The car club currently has more than 130 members - clubs and businesses as well as individuals - and quite a few are members who have holiday homes or are regular visitors and don’t want the cost of bringing a car on the ferry.

“The club is good for visitors because it means they can get out to the parts of Bute which can’t be reached on foot or by public transport.”