This article first appeared in our Electric Nation EV special issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 03 September 2021. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
It’s been 18 months since the enormity of the coronavirus crisis engulfed Europe, and all the while, looming ominously in the background, is an even bigger threat: the climate emergency.
At FULLY CHARGED we choose to focus on some of the positives from the last year and a half. After all, we have been shown what the world might look like with less commuting and less flying; it’s also made us take a long, hard look at supply chains and how we consume things.
Perhaps above all, the global vaccine rollout has shown that we can science our way out of a tight spot.
With extreme weather-related events increasing in frequency and severity, now is the time to stop navel-gazing. We know what the available solutions are – now it’s time to act, and at speed.
Welcome to the energy transition
FULLY CHARGED started life as a YouTube channel, but for many it’s becoming a movement for those who are looking to reduce their impact.
Our mantra is #StopBurningStuff as, while it has advanced civilisation immeasurably, combustion (alongside consumption) is the driving force behind a warming world.
Thankfully, there are cleaner technologies that don’t rely on burning fossil fuels; they are better than what’s been before – and they are better for us, too.
We are in the midst of the ‘third industrial revolution’ or, as some term it, ‘the energy transition’: a radical transformation from a fossil fuel-powered world to one that is run on post-combustion, sustainable technologies – like wind, solar, hydro and tidal – ably supported by energy storage (including batteries).
But we believe that the hero of this story is set to be the electric car. This is not to say that we believe in more cars (actually we believe in fewer, smaller, lighter and more shareable cars), but if you genuinely need your car we would urge you to choose a pure electric vehicle without an exhaust when you next need one.
The indisputable fact remains that cars stir emotions, and can act as the speartip to advance an array of cleaner technologies.
At FULLY CHARGED we are very familiar with the journey when someone gets their first electric car. Typically they are blown away by its superior performance and how much more convenient it is than they might have thought, and then before long they become increasingly engaged with the energy that goes into it, as well as the array of adjacent topics.
In short, it asks the question: if driving electric is this liberating, what would living electric be like? We will aim to answer that question at the biggest ever festival of electric vehicles and clean energy – FULLY CHARGED OUTSIDE – this September.
Find your electric car
Manufacturers have started to shift focus, so dozens of electric cars are now available. FULLY CHARGED OUTSIDE will be the only show in the UK this year to have every commercially available electric car on display – many of which you can try for yourself in our test drive programme.
While Tesla’s Model 3 still sets the bar, there are some incredible cars now on offer, including Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, KIA’s EV6, Polestar 2, VW’s ID.3 and ID.4 and many others. We will also have electric cars that are coming soon, as well as some concepts and prototypes that we think are the future of transport.
We will also look back with an incredible selection of classic cars that have been converted to electric, as well as a rarely seen electric car from 1906.
Visitors will have the chance to ask questions about running electric cars, and talk about all the charging options both at home and away.
Our two theatres will be packed with useful information for beginners, an understanding of running costs, myth busters and deeper dives into how batteries are being recycled and where the materials that make them come from. A day at FULLY CHARGED OUTSIDE should equip you with everything you need to embark on your electric journey.