A Navigant Research forecast predicts that global sales of plug-in electric vehicles will grow by 86% in 2014, bringing the total of plug-in electric vehicle stock on the world's roads to more than 700,000 by the end of 2014.
Although Britain lags behind the leaders, Japan and the USA, our EV market is growing. During 2013, a total of 3,584 plug-in electric cars were registered in the UK, up 59% from 2012. Research conducted by the retailer IKEA revealed that one in six of us would be encouraged to switch to an electric car if more charging points were available across the UK and so, as awareness of the growing network of charging points and options increases, the market is poised to take off and electric vehicles should be part of any business’ green agenda.
It is no surprise, therefore, that the electric vehicle section of the third Eco Technology Show in Brighton this June features many of the latest vehicles. Fleetdrive Electric, the UK’s leading specialist provider of low emission business vehicles, will be explaining the logistics of going electric and Chandlers BMW will be showing the latest ultra-efficient hybrid vehicles, the i3 and new for 2014, the i8. Show visitors will also be able to test drive a range of low emission cars and electric bikes along Brighton’s seafront.
It is expected that most charging will be performed at home, during (off-peak) night time hours. Energy in Buildings and Industry has teamed up with South Downs Solar to offer to install an intelligent Mode 3 home charger, including installation by a qualified electrician, who will conduct a house survey to ensure that the wiring will safety support the relatively long periods of charging.
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The Eco Technology Show will be open from 9.30am-5pm on Thursday 26 June and 9.30am-4.30pm on Friday 27 June. Registration is free. Further information can be found on the website www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk.