YOURS Event will help driv­ers go elec­tric

South Wales Echo - - YOURS -

RE­NEW Wales, funded by the Big Lot­tery, will be hold­ing its first ever event ded­i­cated to elec­tric transport on Satur­day at Tech­niquest in Cardiff be­tween 10am and 4pm.

The free event will show­case elec­tric ve­hi­cles as well as com­mu­nity projects demon­strat­ing the ben­e­fits of elec­tric car shar­ing clubs.

Robert Proc­tor, Re­new Wales di­rec­tor, said: “With the in­tro­duc­tion of new tar­gets to ban the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 and ever in­creas­ing aware­ness of pol­luted air and cli­mate change, Re­new Wales have de­cided to help the gen­eral pub­lic un­ravel the ben­e­fits of us­ing elec­tric transport.

“Peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to see the ve­hi­cles, find out about them from peo­ple who own and use them, and un­der­stand how the charg­ing net­work works.

“Elec­tric cars and hy­brids were seen as a bit of a nov­elty but they are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a more com­mon sight on our roads. With more manufacturers pro­duc­ing elec­tric mod­els there is more choice than ever.

“Come along and find out more on how we can make sure Wales is well placed to take ad­van­tage of th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties. The fu­ture is clearly elec­tric.”

In the Tech­niquest Sci­ence The­atre there will be talks from ex­perts on the tech­nol­ogy and com­mu­nity groups.

At 11.30am there will be a panel dis­cus­sion on the elec­tric car move­ment and the tar­gets of 2040. Then at 2.30pm Wil­liam Cull of Wes­sex Garage will be talk­ing about EV own­er­ship and the Nis­san Leaf on how it fits into peo­ple’s lives, run­ning costs/chal­lenges and the ease of use.

The panel dis­cus­sion will also in­clude a talk from elec­tric car en­thu­si­ast and con­vert Dr Neil Lewis.

Dr Lewis said: “As a for­mer petrol­head, I was fas­ci­nated to ex­pe­ri­ence the silent, in­stant ac­cel­er­a­tion of driv­ing an EV. No fuss, no bother, just pure torque.

“Once you’ve driven a few miles, there is no way you would ever choose to go back to the last-cen­tury tech­nol­ogy of the in­ef­fi­cient in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine.”

There will be Q&A ses­sions at the end of each talk.

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