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E-Fan: Local school helps name Dyffryn Ogwen's new electric 'community car'

(Image: Plaid Cymru)

E-Fan' is the name given to Dyffryn Ogwen’s new electric car, which is part of the area's Dyffryn Gwyrdd project.

The new name is a play-on-words, inspired by the Welsh name 'Efan', as well as giving a nod to the eco-friendly credentials of the new electric car.

Two other vehicles were named Car-nedd and Try-fan, making use of local mountain names.

The names were announced at a special ceremony at Llys Dafydd last week, attended by representatives of the Dyffryn Gwyrdd initiative, pupils of the school, as well as Siân Gwenllian MS, the area’s representative in the Senedd.

Dyffryn Gwyrdd was set up with the aim of tackling community issues affecting Dyffryn Ogwen in Gwynedd— including the climate crisis, loneliness, and fuel poverty.

There is hope that the new electric car will also tackle a very specific challenge affecting the area— rural transport poverty.

The electric car will be a "community car", and will also be used to deliver around 25 meals-on-wheels on a weekly basis.

Siân Gwenllian, who represents the area in the Welsh Parliament as well as being Plaid Cymru's Education spokesperson, attended the car naming ceremony. She said;

“I was pleased to attend the official opening of the Dyffryn Gwyrdd’s hub on Bethesda High Street a few weeks ago, and it's great to see the innovative’s work go from strength so strength.

“There is a strong co-operative, community spirit in the Ogwen Valley, and initiatives, projects, and volunteering opportunities continue to sprout across the valley.

“It's great to see the spirit of unity that emerged during the pandemic extend beyond Covid.

“It is particularly encouraging to see the emphasis of projects such as the electric car on sustainability, especially given the unprecedented challenge that we face in the form of climate change.

"Above all, it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the young people."

Dyffryn Gwyrdd is a green project led by Partneriaeth Ogwen, which is a social enterprise working for the economy, environment and communities of Dyffryn Ogwen.

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