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The Rossendale Interiors design team with the new electric Nissan leaf cars

Rossendale Interiors invests in Electric Cars

DESIGNERS at Rossendale’s largest manufacturing company are now driving electric cars when visiting clients boosting to the company’s green credentials. Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom manufacturer J&J Ormerod, JJO, based in Bacup and with outlets across Rossendale, has invested £55,000 in two Nissan Leaf cars.

They are being used by the six members of the design team based at Rossendale Interiors in Newchurch Road, Stacksteads, along with Retail Manager Sharon Mawdesley. Sharon said: “They are really nice cars and they project a professional image and advertise JJO on the side. “We know people come to our business after seeing JJO lorries on the road with their livery and the new cars will also promote the business when designers visit clients. “Everyone who has used the cars is really happy with them and it means that they no longer have to insure their personal car for business use.” Self-proclaimed ‘petrol head’ Designer Suzy Halcrow admitted that at first she was not keen on the idea of electric cars being the proud owner of V8 petrol vehicles. She said: “I was a little unsure about the new vehicles at first, but I did like the green element because I think it is important for our future and I think the company is very forward thinking. “I have an old Range Rover and a Triumph Stag I restored from the ground up over 15 years. “However, I am stunned by the quality of the cars. They are intuitive and the Sat Nav is the best I have ever come across - the blind spot warning light is also superb. “I was impressed with how well they handled in the snow not having a gearbox. For me it has been a revelation and now I can see myself having an electric car in the future, but I will still be keeping my Triumph.” All of the cars are fitted with built-in tracker systems, and Suzy said that gave designers confidence that their whereabouts was always known especially when they are lone working. Charging points have been installed at Rossendale Interiors, and the cars have a range of about 200 miles between charges. Joint Managing Director Stephen Greenhalgh said: “As climate change becomes ever more evident it’s up to us all to reduce our carbon footprint. “JJO has long been a leader in recycling and minimising waste. When were looking at our green ideas, the idea of using electric vehicles was an obvious next step. “Our designers travel to people’s homes designing kitchens, bedrooms and bathroom mainly in the local area, almost always within the range of these fantastic cars so they are perfect. “The designers seem to love them so we’ll be adding further electric vehicles where possible.”