The EV Roadshow was part of the Green GB Week that was bringing together industry, government, academia and communities to showcase and explore initiatives contributing to clean growth and action on climate change.
The aim of the Green GB Week is to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.The Nottingham City Council organised an exhibition at the Old Market Square showcasing different Electric Vehicles (EVs) and technologies in order to bring this topic closer to the local community. In parallel, experts from the EV industry, government, city council and academia were delivering seminars regarding latest developments in EV infrastructure, case studies about EVs adoption in communities of Nottingham and opportunities for EVs according to the UK agenda.
The talks covered topics such as: mobility as a service, liveable cities, local distribution network and air quality. John Leech from KPMG LLP said: “Consumer journeys in 2030 will look radically different to those today”, this was said emphasising some of the changes our society is going to have regarding customer-centric design, smart cities and demand from digital services to have a more efficient transport system.
Rasita Chudasama from Go Ultra Low, talked about the progress Nottingham is doing in infrastructure for EVs, and presented strategies such as Taxi Electrification and Rapid Chargers which are tackling some of the barriers to adopt EVs in a bigger scale.
Wayne Bexton from Nottingham City Council talked about Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) projects in Nottingham (including EV-elocity!) and the importance of integrating renewable energy to the V2G system.
Carl Christie from Cenex presented the progress in technologies to adopt cleaner options in the transport system. He explained that there are different types of electric and gas vehicles, and it is possible to improve its efficiency by analysing the patterns of use. Jack Staples from Boots presented the strategy this company is adopting to become 100% electric and the commitment to support the clean air agenda in the UK.
Finally, Natasha Robinson from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) talked about the strategies UK is taking to make a transition to a sustainable model. She mentioned some of the benefits of adopting EVs in this transition: improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and having cleaner and quieter cities.
The event had a great turnout, it was evident the commitment to contribute with clean growth initiatives and the need to integrate renewables to the transport system… as mentioned by Natasha Robinson from OLEV: “As the grid decarbonises, EVs decarbonises even more!”.
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