Just a little update on this all:
After some long discussions, and some really deep thought, we’ve changed the plans a little. I’m hoping that it will be much more palatable for everyone.
First, and most importantly, the event in Brighton:
On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June, we’re going to have Madeira drive open for free electric car parking and charging. Obviously, to make sure everyone gets a charge, we’re going to have to ask those who are interested in coming down to Brighton to raise a hand.
These two days are also the two days that the 2013 Eco Technology Show is open. Details are yet to be confirmed, but we’re not hoping to get a nice large electric car display inside the venue – which is just over the road from Madeira drive-- as well as a main stage event packed with EV goodness.
Because the Friday is mainly a trade show day, the main stage events will most likely happen on Saturday. We’ve already got some great EV guests confirmed, and some interested. More on that when the bookings are final!
On Sunday, 16 June, we’re hoping that Madeira drive will form the start of a European Tesla driver tour, which will snake its way south west and then all around the U.K. I say Tesla, but of course, anyone willing to make the round-country trip will be welcome. There will be a minimum mileage requirement every day however, and we’ve yet to formalise a route, price or accommodation.
(Think of this as a very early plan for the interest of openness and accountability.)
Onto the rest of the Big EVent…
For most folks, Brighton is a long way away by car. By electric car, it’s even more of a marathon. (My recent trip there took 6 hours in the Leaf, rapid charging 3 times.)
As The Big EVent is meant to be BY drivers FOR drivers, it seemed a little unfair that we were essentially asking drivers of limited-range electric cars to make a huge trip to one south-coast location in order to take part.
If we had unlimited pockets, or the U.K. already had a great quick charge infrastructure, the trip wouldn’t be as daunting. But we’re a charity with limited funds, and we know how long it takes you to travel long distances in the Twizy!
As a consequence, we felt that those with jobs, or those with young children, may well not have attended.
Instead, we’ve decided to arrange a series of nationwide events on Saturday 15 June. They will take place alongside the main EVent in Brighton, and hopefully give Twizy and other EV drivers a way of taking part without taking on a marathon drive.
It will, essentially, become a nationwide Plug-in car day.
Here’s where YOU come in.
If you want to visit Brighton, we’d love to see you there. I’m going to be there, as will the rest of the Zero Carbon World team, the main stage, and the guest panelists.
However, if it’s a long way, or you’re worried about the time commitment, maybe you can help locally?
We’re looking for regional volunteers to help organise a local display of plug-in cars in your area on June 15, 2013. As a charity, we can’t pay you, but we will be able to give you assistance with publicity, press packs, and lots of phone calls!
Once volunteered and chosen, we’ll find a local Zero:Net location to host your event, and then introduce you. If there’s not a Zero:Net location in your area, don’t worry. We’ll help you find somewhere to host.
Ideally, we’ll need to spread events out so they’re not too close together. At the moment, we’ve got one planned for Brighton, and one in Bristol. The rest of the U.K. is up to you!
You’ll then have to rally around the local EV owners to encourage your fellow plug-in drivers to take part for the day.
ON the day, you’ll be required to:
- Talk to members of the public about your car, answering questions about life with a plug-in car, charging, range, etc. )
- Be available for the entire day (9am start until 5pm)
- Have fun!
It’s hoped that we’ll be able to sort out some form of “Skype In” between the locations, so that those in remote locations can see and hear the MainStage events while those in remote locations can link back to Brighton with a virtual presence. Again, this is early-day planning, so this may all change over the coming months.
If you’re interested in taking part, perhaps you could reply to the post, or direct message me with contact details?
Alternatively, give me a buzz on my work number: +44 122 586 9439, or email nikki dot gordon-bloomfield at zero carbon world (remove spaces) dot org.