This past weekend, from 9th to 10th June 2018, Fully Charged LIVE took place at Silverstone. The nation’s biggest EV (electric vehicle) show attracted well over 6,000 visitors. EV specialist and TV presenter Robert Llewellyn, who is also the founder of Fully Charged, hosted the event.
It offered displays of around 50 different plug-in and fully electric models. Apart from that there were also 18 panel discussions and live sessions which provided the audience with an opportunity to listen to 40 experts from across the renewable and motoring sectors.
The support which the Silverstone Circuit event received surprised even the organisers, with electric vehicle drivers and people interested in changing to plug-in cars attending in large numbers. Throughout the weekend the different speaker events at Silverstone ‘Wing’ drew capacity crowds.
Llewellyn said that the enthusiasm, level of interest and sheer appetite for electric cars and renewable energy shown by the thousands of people who attended the show totally blew them away. He added: “The transition to plug-in motoring, which will help pave the way to a cleaner future for our children, is occurring at a rapid pace, and it’s heartening to see so many people looking to make the switch to more sustainable technologies.”
Representatives from various industries exhibited at the event, with electric vehicle pioneers such as Jaguar, Tesla and Nissan, as well as electric motorbike manufacturer Zero, all showcasing their latest products. A number of renewable energy firms and providers of charging infrastructure, including Chargemaster and Ecotricity, as well as hybrid and EV leasing firms such as Drive Electric, were also present.
The organisers are already busy planning for Fully Charged LIVE 2019, which they promise will be a ‘bigger, better and busier’ event. Upcoming Fully Charged episodes on their YouTube channel will review the wide array of subjects covered by 2018’s speakers, and look ahead to what we can expect in 2019.
Fully Charged LIVE 2018 was hosted by Robert Llewellyn, Helen Czerski and Jonny Smith and sponsored by Ecotricity. Joining them on stage were a selection of leading figures from renewable energy and electric vehicle firms and organisations.
A few of the highlights of this year’s show included the rare public appearance of the brand new Jaguar I-PACE, the full Tesla range, and the top-selling Nissan LEAF.
In other EV news sales of plug-in electric vehicles in Britain continued to grow for the 13th month in a row in May. The total market share of 2.63% of all new registrations was the 2nd highest ever.
A total of 5,072 new plug-in vehicles were registered last month, an impressive increase of 57% compared to the same month last year. Sales of BEVs increased by 18.7% annually to reach 1,099 and PHEV sales surged by 72.7% on an annual basis to 3,973.
The best-selling plug-in model was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which now has a 15% share of the plug-in market.
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