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Fully Charged OUTSIDE

Positivity ahead: the festival of electric vehicles and clean energy will return in September
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
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This article first appeared in our Earth Day special issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 22 April 2021. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Since this time last year it’s felt a little like the world as we knew it has stopped turning.

Whether it’s personal loss or the loss of livelihood, for millions the impact of the pandemic has been profound.

Whisper it quietly, but in certain circles things have started to change for the better.

Positive changes

We have become more concerned about the air we breathe and more interested in our impact on the environment.

For those reasons, electric bike sales have surged and electric car sales have accelerated; in more general terms, the energy we expend in our daily lives has come into sharper focus.

The Fully Charged YouTube channel has continued to pump out positive content, and smaller electric vehicles like bikes, scooters and cargo-bikes have proven popular.

In fact, you might have to hunt high and low if you want to buy an e-bike in readiness for the warmer weather.

An electric future

When it comes to electric cars, there still aren’t enough affordable options when it comes to up-front cost. However, running costs are a fraction of those that come with a conventional car, and there is now an array of around 70 to 80 pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for you to choose from.

Car companies can’t keep up with demand, despite the fact that for some it’s still a step out of the combustion engine ‘comfort zone’. If that describes your situation, a great place to start is ‘Maddie Goes Electric: Episode 1: Choosing your electric car (A beginner’s guide)’ on the Fully Charged YouTube channel. Click here to watch it.

As electric vehicle drivers for many years, we can testify that owning, driving and running an ‘EV’ is much simpler than having a petrol, diesel or even a hybrid vehicle. It’s more enjoyable, too.

The trend to electrification isn’t restricted to smaller passenger vehicles, though – it’s a change that’s sweeping through larger vehicles, workplaces and homes as well.

‘We recently returned from an Asian city which has effectively decimated urban air pollution by employing 16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis’, says Fully Charged founder Robert Llewellyn. ‘We are also working on episodes with electric boats, trains and even planes.’

Businesses are making big changes to the carbon footprints of their operations, not least with electric vans and trucks.

There’s also the uplifting possibility of transforming the way we power our premises by simply switching to a sustainable energy supplier or installing solar, wind, batteries, heat pumps and much more to harness our own cleaner, greener energy.

Test drive an EV

Fully Charged OUTSIDE will assemble the biggest and best choice of all these technologies – including 100+ different electric vehicles – at its open-air event at Farnborough this September.

At the heart of the event are hundreds of electric test drives and dozens of ‘live sessions’ with experts, hosted by presenters Maddie Moate, Helen Czerski and Robert Llewellyn.

Fully Charged OUTSIDE takes place on 03-05 September, and we can guarantee an electrifying experience for all! Covid-related safety measures will of course be employed.

Click here to book tickets for Fully Charged OUTSIDE.

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