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New ideas... Bupa Windsor Park Care Home residents crowd around an electric car earlier this week.PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Keen interest was shown in an electric car by rest-home residents.

PowerNet staff brought an electric car to Bupa Windsor Park Care Home in Gore last week.

Residents were keen to take a look under the bonnet and to take a ride in the whisper quiet car.

It was a far cry from the vehicles of their youth.

PowerNet staff member Dyson Gentle said electric cars were slowly becoming more popular, especially in cities.

The Nissan Leaf used by the company is totally electric powered and cost about $20,000.

Mr Gentle and communications co-ordinator Kathryn McCoy faced a barrage of questions including how far would the car run on full charge. The answer is 120km.

It took about 20 minutes to fully charge a vehicle on the fastest charge, Mr Gentle said.

Electric vehicle owners would notice an increase in their home power account, but they would not need to pay for fuel, he said.

Residents enjoyed the ride they had in the vehicle which had no engine noise.