Carla McKenzie, MD of Stroud-based catering consultancy MYA, has added an electric motorcycle to her two-wheeled fleet.
The firm believes she is the only female British MD using such a vehicle for work.
The Zero DSR joins three different BMW 1200s in McKenzie’s collection, on which she has covered 21,000 miles in 18 months.
McKenzie is using the Zero to reduce her carbon footprint on her 25 mile commute from her home in Royal Wootton Bassett to the MYA offices. She could do the return trip without recharging, but usually charges from the mains while she works so she can have the flexibility of leaving with a full ‘tank of juice’.
Speaking about the mission and the motorcycle McKenzie said: “Fossil fuels are a finite resource and we need to start making a difference now. It is important that business leaders with a ‘green agenda’ set a positive example.”
Zero Motorcycles are designed and built in California and claim to offer the highest energy and power density batteries in the electric vehicle industry. The company claims McKenzie’s DSR can cover up to 180 miles in city use and 70 miles at 70mph. She was able to take advantage of the government’s long-awaited Plug-in Motorcycle grant which reduced the cost of the machine by £1,500, from £15,745 to £14,245.
McKenzie first became interested in electric motorcycles back in 2015 when she was training for an arduous 1,800 mile ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End on back roads and green lanes which she successfully completed on a British-made CCM 450.
Her Zero DSR will be used in support of MYA Consulting’s ‘Greener Design’ credentials in the world of catering consultancy.