Edinburgh event to showcase electric vehicle benefits for business

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FORMER Top Gear host Quentin Willson will join a fleet of industry experts in Edinburgh next weekend at a free show intended to showcase the benefits of electric vehicles for businesses.

Motoring journalist Willson will share his passion for the latest range of low emission vehicles at the GreenFleet Scotland show at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, where fleet managers, transport professionals and business owners can get their hands on the latest electric vehicles designed for business.

And putting those claims to the test will be the “EV Challenge”, a 40-mile trial using the latest electric vehicles to find the country’s most energy-efficient motoring team.

The free event, which takes place on Friday, April 15, will also give attendees an opportunity to network with suppliers and service companies to get a picture of how electric vehicles could save their business money and reduce their carbon footprint.

Hosted by the Energy Saving Trust in conjunction with Transport Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, GreenFleet Scotland is now in its eighth year.

Ian Murdoch of the Energy Saving Trust said: “This is Scotland’s only fleet show and a brilliant way for the country’s businesses to come along and get a free hands-on trial of the most advanced electric and low-emission vehicles for commerce on the market.

“Technology is advancing all the time, but the latest ranges mean electric vehicles are not only viable for business, but they are increasingly an incredibly useful and effective means of reducing a business’s costs and carbon footprint.

“Our transport advisors will guide you through the ins and outs of switching to electric vehicles for your business, while our industry experts will be able to talk you through everything you need to know.”

The EV Challenge will invite six to eight teams to take part in a driving challenge around Edinburgh, and for them to prove they are some of the most economical drivers in the area.

Manufacturers attending the event include Tesla, Toyota, Lexus, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, BMW, Fiat, Renault and Jaguar, while infrastructure and fleet services companies such as Jorro, Automotive Leasing, e-Volt and Transport Systems Catapult can help you with information and advice on their associated services.

Meanwhile, the E-cosse Forum will host a range of expert speakers, including Willson, in discussing the opportunities and developments in electric mobility in Scotland.

Ian Murdoch added: “There is no better opportunity in Scotland to get a feel for how electric vehicles can transform your business or organisation – and what better way to do it than by getting behind the wheel yourself and hearing from some of the most respected voices in motoring on why this is the age of the electric car.”

For more information on GreenFleet Scotland and to register, visit events.greenfleet.net/scotland