Hundreds flock to Council's electric vehicle event to support carbon neutral goals

Published: 28 May 2024

EV ambassador Martin Offiah MBE at the Discover Electric event

Horsham District Council hosted a free to attend electric vehicle (EV) event for people and businesses of West Sussex and beyond on Friday 24 May at their Parkside premises.

The event was attended by hundreds of people eager to learn more about how zero emission transport could both benefit them and help address climate change challenges.

Many attendees took the opportunity to take a free test drive in a host of EVs at the event from a broad selection of brands such as Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Mini, Renault, Lexus, Ford and others, as well as the London Electric Vehicle Company with their all-electric black cab fleet including wheelchair access vehicles.

Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Nature Recovery Cllr Colette Blackburn chaired presentations and a question and answer session. A keynote speaker from Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s largest EV charge network, who are responsible for the roll out of charge points throughout West Sussex, shared details of charging solutions which are easily accessible for all types of user.

Their Brand Ambassador Martin Offiah MBE shared his own personal experience of switching to EV driving.

Technical experts from Energy Savings Trust shared information on the grants and funding available to help people make the switch, where charge points could be fitted, and how to install them.

Cllr Blackburn commented: “I am delighted that this event was such a success and so well attended by a such a wide range of people with differing motoring needs from across the region.

Sustainable transport is such a key element in our drive forward with our green agenda to achieve carbon neutrality for Horsham District by 2050.

“But we cannot achieve this as a Council alone, and very much need to gain buy-in from all our local residents and businesses to reach this target.

“The Discover Electric event provided an excellent platform to inform and educate people about cleaner, greener transport options and many aspects of how to switch to sustainable driving."

The Council worked in partnership with leading UK charging infrastructure company Connected Kerb, event organisers Let’s Experience Electric, energy efficiency specialists Energy Saving Trust, West Sussex County Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The event was funded by DEFRA’s Air Quality Grant.