In a bid to improve air quality and encourage more businesses to make the switch to electric and ultra low emission vehicles, Derby City Council will be holding their first Electric ‘Ride and Drive’ showcase event and local businesses are invited to attend.

The free half day event will provide a comprehensive update on the latest Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) available, the business case for making the switch to ULEVs, the funding support available from Central Government and Derby’s investment in the charging infrastructure across the city.

There’s also the opportunity to test drive a range of the latest electric cars and commercial vehicles so operators can experience the technology first-hand

The event, funded by Derby City Council, and hosted by CleanTech Business Ltd, will take place from 9.00am until 2.00pm on Thursday 20th September in the Pedigree Suite at Derby County Football Club, DE24 8XL.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council said:

“We have made it our priority to reduce pollution levels, particularly from roadside emissions, and improve air quality in the city.  Electric vehicles can play an important part in helping to achieve this goal, which is why we are encouraging local businesses to come along to this free event and find out if electric vehicles could work for them”

Neil Horsley, Director of CleanTech Business said:

“Many leading businesses are starting to realise the long term cost savings of incorporating Electric Vehicles into their business fleets. This is a perfect opportunity to test drive the latest EVs and learn about the practical support on offer to help businesses transition to a low emission fleet.”

The event will also give businesses an opportunity to learn about Derby’s air quality plans and have their say on the proposals as part of our ongoing consultation.

Places are limited, so booking is essential.  Anybody interested in attending should register online.

For more information on the event, please email air.quality@derby.gov.uk, or neil@cleantech-business.com