Businesses from across Greater Manchester are invited to experience electric vehicles to encourage a transition to net-zero at a free event hosted by Electricity North West at MediaCityUK this July.

Electric vehicles are an essential component of the road to Net-Zero. As the UK Government has outlined plans to ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2030, it’s more important than ever that businesses understand the changing infrastructure that comes with electrifying fleets.

The Electric Vehicles Experience will showcase a range of the latest electric vehicles with the opportunity to test drive some popular models of electric cars and taxis.

There will be talks from industry professionals on the importance of embracing electric vehicles as part of a business’s net-zero journey, charging networks, the role of active travel, grants and tax incentives and support available for businesses to electrify their fleet, including from Electricity North-West, the region’s electricity distribution network operator.

The event is designed for businesses operating fleets of vehicles or thinking about how to deliver new charging infrastructure, as well as those rolling out schemes and incentives to encourage employees to make the transition.

Speakers on the day will include among others, Jonny Sadler, Strategic Decarbonisation Manager at Electricity North-West; Laura Atkinson, Sustainability Manager, Peel L&P; Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors and Energy Saving Trust.

The event is being delivered in partnership with Let’s Experience Electric and Elevate. Exhibitors on the day include Chorley Group, Volvo, Bolton KIA, eStar – Mercedes vans and RRG Lexus Bolton.

Jonny Sadler Strategic Decarbonisation Manager at Electricity North West stated,

Sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2030 and businesses in the North West need to be urgently exploring the opportunity to transform their fleets and car schemes through electrification. 

“The benefits are easy to understand. Electric vehicles mean lower emissions and support firms’ net-zero strategies. Recharging an electric vehicle is cheaper than filling up on petrol or diesel, especially now, with fuel prices reaching record highs during June. There are big financial savings to be made for both companies and employees. 

“The Electric Vehicles Experience is a great opportunity for businesses to try electric vehicles for themselves, learn how they can make rapid progress on their journey to net-zero and get practical answers from our experts. We will also be tackling misconceptions and busting the ‘urban myths’ that still exist in this area.” 

The Electric Vehicle Experience is at MediaCityUK Plaza from 8 am to 11 am on Thursday, 14 July.

This is a free event, however, places are limited. Book a place here to avoid disappointment.