Residents invited to find out more about electric vehicles at Medway’s first EV event

Published: Thursday, 16th September 2021

We are inviting residents to find out more about electric vehicles at Medway’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Event at Rochester Castle Gardens later this month.

The free EV event, which is being organised in partnership with The Climate Coalition, is being held on Saturday, 25 September, between 11am and 3pm. The event will provide residents with opportunities to find out more about electric vehicles and speak to industry experts and professionals about emerging technologies.

A number of local car dealerships and firms have been invited to attend including The JCB Group, Motorline, W J King, Beadles, TrustFord, Stoner Motor Company, Synter Group and EVision. They will be exhibiting a number of fully electric cars and vans, from different manufacturers, which are currently on the market.

Connected Kerb, who we are currently working with to install 34 electric vehicle charging points in three council owned car parks, will also be at the event to provide information about their charging infrastructure and advice to residents. They will also be giving residents the chance to win the use of a free EV for a month, in a competition giveaway. Residents can enter by going to their stand and taking a photo with the Connected Kerb team and tweeting @ConnectedKerb why they think the switch to EV is important. The team will select the best photo and contact the winner.

Works to install the charging points in the Rochester multi storey car park in Cory’s Road, in Station Road car park, Rainham, and in the Commercial Road car park in Strood are due to be completed in the coming weeks. The council received more than £85,000 from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) towards the cost of installing the charging points.

We are also excited to welcome former professional rugby union and rugby league player, Martin Offiah, to Medway. Martin is Connected Kerb’s brand ambassador and is keen to speak to residents about moving to an electric vehicle.

Advice from industry experts and professionals

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council, who is leading on Medway’s Climate Change agenda, said: “Medway’s first electric vehicle event is an exciting opportunity for residents to find out more about the benefits of switching to an electric vehicle from industry experts and professionals. We’re committed to helping residents in Medway cut their carbon emissions and I am pleased that work to install the first batch of public charging points for electric vehicles, in three council-owned car parks, is nearing completion. This event also supports our recently adopted Climate Change Action Plan and our aspiration to become carbon neutral in Medway by 2050. I would encourage residents, especially if they’re thinking of getting a new car, to visit the event and find out more about electric vehicles.”

Medway’s first electric vehicle event

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “I am delighted that we will be hosting Medway’s first electric vehicle event in Rochester Castle Gardens. More and more people are using electric vehicles and I would encourage residents to visit the event and find out more about the vehicles, and technology, available. Council officers will also be on hand to talk to residents about our new public electric vehicle charging facilities and we look forward to welcoming residents to the event.”

The EV event is taking place during Great Big Green Week, a national week of thousands of events which celebrate action on climate change, from Saturday, 18 until Sunday, 26 September.

Find out more about the EV event.

Find out more about how we are is tackling climate change in Medway.

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