ELECTRIC VEHICLE PIONEERS LINE UP FOR SILVERSTONE EVENT







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 3, 2012
Categories: General News

Electric CarsMajor motor manufacturers who have so far pioneered the development and production of electric vehicles, including Renault, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroen, are backing the EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show by booking stands for the one-day event at the world-famous Silverstone circuit.

They join a growing number of manufacturers, several of them makers of conventionally powered, low-emission and hybrid cars and vans, who are attending the show, which is being organised by Fleet World magazine in association with the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association, the trade association of the UK’s leasing and rental industries.

The EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show is being sponsored by the Energy Saving Trust and takes place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire, where a wide range of electric, hybrid and other low-carbon vehicles will be available for driving around the famous track.

Ross Durkin, Managing Editor of Fleet World, said: “The show is really starting to take shape now. We’re delighted that four of the motor manufacturers who have really been at the forefront of EV development will be at the event in order to help fleet managers really understand the potential for incorporating electric vehicles onto their fleet.

“Fleets’ attitude towards electric vehicles is changing steadily as some of the myths are dispelled, and the recharging infrastructure develops. Those who once discounted them out of hand are now looking more closely to see if there are areas of their business where electric vehicles could meet their operational requirements, and then making the cost comparison. With oil prices widely expected to rise again, I think EVs will make commercial sense to a growing number of organisations… maybe 10% of new cars into fleet in five years’ time.

“However, even that level of penetration will still leave 90% conventionally powered, and the Low CO2 part of the show will offer fleet managers the chance to talk about and experience some of the latest vehicle technology.

“It is quite unbelievable how the motor industry has risen to the challenge of reducing vehicle emissions and improving fuel consumption. But with increasingly punitive taxation of fleets running higher-emitting vehicles, fleet managers must get up to speed now with the latest technology, or risk leading their business down the path of higher taxation in the future,” added Durkin.

The show will be based in the new state-of-the-art Silverstone Wing conference and event facility, situated in the heart of the Grand Prix Circuit, and boasting two exhibition halls, a conference hall, banqueting facilities and the latest technical and AV equipment.

The EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show will allow visitors to:

  • Test drive the latest petrol-electric hybrids, diesel-electric hybrids, fuel-cell hybrids and electric range-extenders, as well as the latest low-emission petrol and diesel engine vehicles
  • Discuss future drivetrain strategies with leading motor manufacturers
  • Find out more about low-emission light commercial vehicles
  • Talk to charging point suppliers and recharging infrastructure providers
  • Discuss low-carbon vehicle supply with leading leasing suppliers.

The day will also include an interesting and informative seminar session presented by leading academics and top company executives. Full details will be announced nearer the event.

There will also be a Question Time-style debate and panel discussion chaired by BVRLA Chief Executive, John Lewis, at which fleet decision makers can discuss some of the topics presented earlier in the day.

All test-driving of electric, hybrid and other low-CO2 vehicles will include two or three laps of the Stowe Circuit, a separate infield circuit with its own facilities, and there will be provision for visitors to book provisional test drives in advance directly with the relevant motor manufacturer.