"We want as many people as possible to be able to make the switch to electric vehicles as we look to reduce our carbon emissions, strive towards our net-zero ambitions and level up right across the UK." - Transport Minister Rachel Maclean
The Fully Charged show is one of the world's leading online channels that focuses on clean energy and electric vehicles. Fuelled solely by forward thinking, educational discussions and a desire to prevent damaging the earth beyond repair. This is done by discovering alternative sources of energy - rather than drowning the planet in pollution. The show is hosted by writer, broadcaster and actor Robert Llewellyn, Maddie Moate, Rory Reid, Helen Czerski, Chelsea Sexton and Andy Torbet who are all passionate about using cleaner sources of energy.
'Government measures to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles are also working, with nearly 11% of new cars sold in 2020 having a plug. This was up from just over 3% in 2019 – and battery electric car sales almost tripled over that same period.'
In light of this, Fully Charged was born in response to the increasing threat of climate change and how consumers made apparent that they actually want to live, work and travel in sustainable ways that don't cost us the planet earth.
The purpose of the show is to educate viewers about electric vehicles as a cleaner mode of transport and how they can opt to find alternative ways of implementing cleaner energy into their daily lives. The show is successful in inspiring their audiences to enact this change, by providing them with all the necessary information. Another useful source to learn more about the government grant schemes that are available to help you purchase an electric vehicle can be found on the gov.uk website: Low-emission vehicles eligible for a plug-in grant - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Last week the Electric Travels team attended their popular outdoor event - that being 'Fully Charged Outside', a festival of all things to do with electric vehicles and clean energy. The event enlisted countless panels of experts in this field, who engaged in various discussions surrounding the use of clean energy in various settings and electric vehicles - discussions that the ET team were fortunate enough to be audience members of. Throughout today's blog we will discuss our experiences of the fully charged show and provide readers with useful pieces of knowledge that may give food for thought about making the switch to electric modes of transport.
The first talk we attended was about how businesses can make strides towards going deep green. They opened up a discussion about leading by example and not waiting for other companies, but instead to do the research about going green to see the benefits for yourself. Every company has room for improvement, which can be a simple change like replacing office supplies to those that are made with more sustainable materials.
One phrase during this talk that we found most poignant was ‘Climate denial, is solution denial’. We have the resources available to create change, but many still refuse to believe that the crisis is real, which halts the progress. The panellists went on further to talk about social value, which is a term for the economic, environmental and social benefits that are experienced by people. Measuring social value has become a vital part of communicating and committing to the creation of social value across the development lifecycle, but how can we find statistics on the benefits of going green? The Social Value Portal (SVP) is a good place to start.
So sustainability, how do we educate people that it's not only about environmental change, that it's also about social? We make it comparable. Find information yourself, connect with people who are investigating statistics and make sure they are people who are pulling trustworthy data. One of the panellists son's had recently left a company where his values regarding sustainability were not matched and took a lower pay cheque else where to work for a company that provided evidence of their contribution towards sustainability. It’s becoming more apparent from this that companies need to have a traceable sustainability journey to appeal to both the consumer and their own employees.
The next talk we attended was about women in clean tech and electrical vehicles, where they informed us that early electric vehicles were targeted at woman as they were marketed as ‘quiet cars for pretty little women’ - astonishing. They mentioned that they believed this was initially why electric vehicles didn't take off, this reception we found interesting. As within our own company we often find that women are more apprehensive about buying electric scooters, despite them being designed to be accessible for all genders. They finished by emphasising the importance of creating a space where everyone can be made to feel confident.
The final talk focused on choosing your first electric car, which at first hand would not seem applicable to our business; however they posed important questions for consumers to consider before a purchase - which we found transferable to electric scooters. That being to think about what your daily journey is like, specifically considering the mileage. Where are the charging facilities, are there any where you will be going? This is quintessential, and helps you to make an informed decision about the most appropriate scooter you need when considering the range you will travel each day. Enabling you to avoid having an interrupted ride to stop and charge. This talk provided the opportunity for a Q&A, whereby one audience member asked about maintenance costs and longevity of batteries. For the electric scooter, one pro is that the maintenance is pretty low, whereby keeping it clean and not over charging are the two key ways to minimise sacrificing precious battery life.
Finally there was a section completely dedicated to electric bikes, scooters, skateboards - essentially anything with wheels was transformed into a unique mode of electrical transport. This was a brilliant opportunity to get hands on with equipment before making any commitment to buy.
Overall we found the event very educational, interactive and inspiring. We definitely recommend anyone who is considering to make the switch to a cleaner mode of transport to attend the next one - Hopefully we will see you there!
Why buy from ET?
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1.) Department for Transport and Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, (2021), 'Plug-in car, van and truck grant to be targeted at more affordable models to allow more people to make the switch', 18 March, Available at: Plug-in car, van and truck grant to be targeted at more affordable models to allow more people to make the switch - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) , (Accessed 09/09/21).