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Greater Manchester drivers offered chance to test EVs first hand

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Drivers are being offered the chance to see the latest electric vehicles first hand – including free test drives – at a series of events in Greater Manchester.

Jaguar I-Pace

The EV events will include the chance to drive vehicles such as the Jaguar I-Pace

Announced following the declaration of a climate emergency by NHS Greater Manchester earlier this month, the one-stop electric vehicle experience and e-bike showcase is being held this month and next, starting tomorrow (14 September) at Oldham Parliament Square from 10am to 5pm, and moving to other locations across the region in the coming weeks.

Run by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester and Octopus Electric Vehicles, the events will provide locals with the chance to find out more about the latest electric vehicles – including free test drives of models such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model 3, plus e-bikes and e-cargo bikes. Experienced Octopus Electric Vehicle specialists will be on hand to answer any questions about choosing the right EV.

The series of events across the Northern region follows Octopus Electric Vehicles Drives Days in South and East England, including most recently, Cambridge.

Octopus Electric Vehicles CEO, Fiona Howarth, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Transport for Greater Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust this month to help the region transition to a zero-carbon future – with NHS Greater Manchester having recently declared a climate emergency there’s never been a more critical time to make the drive to a more sustainable future.

“Greater Manchester has huge potential to be one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle hubs. The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Scheme already has around 2,000 registered EV drivers taking advantage of an extensive free charging point network right across the ten local authority areas. With more joiners every month, we hope our events will strengthen this trajectory and get the region ready for a clean, green future.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.