Ready, steady, go green!

New electric vehicle roadshow comes to Bournemouth as part of the government
New electric vehicle roadshow comes to Bournemouth as part of the government's Green GB Week

Increased concern about air quality and fuel prices are just two reasons why there are now more than 170,000 plug-in vehicles on the UK roads. And with the government’s first ever Green GB Week starting next week, a special electric vehicle (EV) motorshow will land in Bournemouth on Thursday (18 October), giving local businesses and the public a chance to interact with a selection of the most advanced, environmentally friendly and cost-effective models.

The need to go green
Throughout next week, Green GB Week - an initiative of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - will showcase the benefits clean growth will bring to all parts of society. And despite Bournemouth being the only area in the UK to be compliant this year with the requirements of the Compact of Mayors agreement on emissions restriction, a senior councillor recently claimed that the city should strive to become a champion for EVs in the future.

Bringing the best plug-in cars to Bournemouth
As part of the BEIS campaign, a brand new Electric Vehicle (EV) Roadshow will tour the country next week, visiting in The Square on Thursday. Showcasing the very latest in electric and plug-in vehicle technology to local businesses and consumers, residents can learn more about the world’s leading models.

The Square will be transformed into a ‘Mini Motorshow’, with test drive opportunities allowing the public to experience the technology first-hand. The top EV manufacturers will be present, including Jaguar, BMW, Hyundai, Mini, LDV, Renault, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota and Volvo.

Demonstrating the benefits to businesses
In addition to the public Motorshow, Bournemouth Borough Council will also be educating the city's businesses on the benefits of switching their fleets to EVs through an exclusive seminar on the morning of 18 October at the Norfolk Royal Hotel.

According to the Green Alliance, a half of all new vehicle sales are made up of private fleets and plug-in cars could save drivers up to £7,400 over three years. A recent EON/GreenFleet poll also suggests that nine in 10 fleet owners are actively looking at EVs as a viable option for their businesses.

Cllr Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste, commented:
“Clean transport is key to the UK’s air quality improvement, and sustainable and green economy success. As a country we still lag a long way behind Norway and China in the number of EVs on our roads. These vehicles are undoubtedly the future and provide unrivalled benefits in terms of reduced pollution and cost, which is why we are so excited to bring this roadshow event to Bournemouth.”

The GB Green Week EV Roadshow will take place in four major UK cities, for more information please visit


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