EDF driving motorists down ‘electric avenue’

EDF driving motorists down ‘electric avenue’

ecovelocity logoEDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, has announced that it is to be headline sponsor of the UK’s largest eco friendly motor show, EcoVelocity, which will be held from May 5-13 at London’s premier exhibition hub, ExCeL. 

EcoVelocity will for the first time be running alongside Grand Designs Live. Visitors will be able to visit both events with just one ticket. Grand Designs Live, the contemporary home show, is based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud. The event is packed to the brim with ideas, design and innovation for every room in your home.

Returning for the second year, EcoVelocity will showcase a range of low carbon alternatives, including full battery electric, range extended and plug-in hybrid vehicles along with lower C02 emission petrol and diesel cars.  Visitors will be able to test drive cars on the 3.5 mile test route.  On show and available for test drive will be the recently crowned European Car of the Year, the Vauxhall Ampera.

Kate Armitage, Electric Vehicle Manager at EDF Energy said “We are proud to be returning as headline sponsor of this exciting event. This is a great opportunity for members of the public to see for themselves how far plug-in vehicle technology has progressed and to experience driving these cars for themselves.”

EDF Energy, will demonstrate complete home and business recharging solutions using a variety of charge points and vehicles such as the MINI E, a vehicle being used as part of the Olympic Fleet and leased by EDF Energy into their own fleet over the past year.

Giles Brown, Event Founder and Organiser of EcoVelocity, explained “I’m delighted that EDF Energy is involved in the second year of EcoVelocity. Their experience in developing and installing recharging infrastructure is invaluable.  Visitors will be interested to learn how easy and simple it is to recharge a plug-in vehicle and be amazed at the carbon savings that can be achieved.”

Cars will be able to charge up using one of the 18 charge points installed at the ExCel centre which is part of the 2012 electric vehicle infrastructure legacy, supported by EDF Energy’s technical recharging team.

At the heart of EcoVelocity for 2012 is the ‘Main Theatre’ where visitors can listen to a varied series of presentations and talks from the industry experts about the world of low carbon motoring, including vehicle production, the different technologies and how they operate in the real world.  Each session will end with an open Q and A so visitors can get direct answers to their questions.

For more information: www.ecovelocity.co.uk