Motorists in Suffolk charged up for electric vehicle day

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Motorists in Suffolk are being offered the chance to get into the driving seat of a new move to encourage more use of electric powered vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Experience Day will showcase a range of electric cars - including the Tesla Model S - and give drivers a chance to put the vehicles through their paces on a 1.2 mile track.

Through this event we hope to dispel some of these myths and highlight the benefits of green motoring.

Charlie Jardine, chief executive

It is being staged by renewable energy specialists East Green Energy with Suffolk-based EO Charging, a manufacturer of domestic and business electric vehicle chargers.

Supported by six of the region’s leading car dealers, the event will take place at Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, near Woodbridge on June 8.

Guests will be able to see and drive the latest electric cars from Renault, Nissan, BMW, Toyota and Kia, as well as the Tesla Model S, which is capable of accelerating to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds.

EO Charging chief executive and founder Charlie Jardine said: “This event is a fantastic way to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles, by giving people the opportunity to test drive them on a track.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and businesses, although some people are still concerned about viability.

“Through this event we hope to dispel some of these myths and highlight the benefits of green motoring.”

Sales of electric vehicles are increasing by 500 per cent year-on-year, with about two million expected to be on the roads by 2020.

Sessions for private motorists and business users on the day are free and will take place between 10am and 4pm. Anyone interested in taking part should email caroline.freeman@eocharging.com with name, company name, contact number and indicating morning or afternoon preference.

Electric vehicles can offer financial benefits, with fuel starting at 2p per mile, plus no road tax or congestion charge.

Company car tax is five per cent rather than 20 per cent and there are currently government incentives of up to £4,500 off the cost of the vehicle and £500 off the cost of a charging point at home.