Gridserve launches new electric vehicle test drive program., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Gridserve launches new electric vehicle test drive program., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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Gridserve Car Leasing has launched a new electric vehicle test drive programme at its electric forecourts in Braintree and Norwich.

Gridserve launches the program Saturday July 16 at Gridserve’s first Electric Vehicle Day of 2022 and invites drivers to pre-order Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, Polestar 2, Mercedes EQB and the latest Nissan Leaf.

Robert Buckland, sales and operation director at Gridserve Car Leasing, said: “All the best car reviewers test drive cars back-to-back before they come to their expert verdicts, and we think customers should get the same best-in-class experience.

“Our new test drive programme gives customers the chance to select vehicles and experience their very own electric car group test, following in the footsteps of Hammond, Clarkson, or the latest reviewers from Fleet News as they choose their next car.

“The key difference is; whether our customers are experienced experts or brand new to EVs, the Gridserve Car Leasing team will help customers to make the best choice for them.”

Gridserve’s Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure is powered by zero-carbon energy from its Hybrid Solar Plus battery farms and delivered to customers at public charging points.

They say this energy supply model gives Gridserve drivers the opportunity to make a real contribution to decarbonizing transportation and driving the tackling of climate change.

Announcing the Electric Vehicle test drive program comes as Gridserve launches a celebration of its one-year anniversary of the Electric Highway with a chance to win free electricity.

Through the competition, five drivers will win 1,000 free miles in the network including charging stations.

To enter the competition, drivers must locate a Gridserve birthday-wrapped charger hidden across the network and submit a picture on Twitter or Instagram tagging Gridserve and #GSElectricHighwayBday to enter the competition.

Contests close on Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 pm and winners will be announced on Twitter and Instagram on Friday, August 12 at 11:00 am.

The Department for Transport has released a brochure that sets out what it believes to be the most common misconceptions about electric vehicles.

While Electric Vehicle technology, vehicles and infrastructure have all grown rapidly in recent years, it is understandable that many questions remain about this emerging technology.

This booklet addresses 19 common misconceptions about electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

For example, in response to accusations that electric cars don’t have enough battery range.

In fact, 99% of cars in England travel less than 100 miles, which means EVs can easily meet the needs of most drivers.

For those who travel further, there are more than 20 models to choose from with a stated range of over 200 miles.

There are also new electric cars with more than 300 miles of range, enough to drive from Exeter to Leeds.

With battery prices falling to 80% of what they were in 2010, prices falling further in 2021, and expected to fall further in the long term, DfT expects to launch more EVs with longer ranges.

Another common misconception is that building an electric car produces more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves.

This has been debunked in many respected studies, the DfT said.

Even taking into account battery manufacturing and disposal, a new battery-electric vehicle produces only one-third the greenhouse gas emissions of an equivalent new gasoline vehicle.

Electric vehicles are said to be getting cleaner as electricity generation decarbonizes.

Responding to claims that batteries will need to be replaced after five years, the DfT said that there are already more than 10 million electric vehicles on the world’s roads and there is no evidence that their lifespans will differ from those of petrol or diesel vehicles.

Most Electric Vehicle batteries are warranted for around 8 years (or 100,000 miles), but they are expected to last longer and continue to improve.

Electric vehicles are used daily as taxis and other high-mileage roles on UK roads.

The government has also committed £330 million to the Faraday Battery Challenge to support research, development and promotion of world-leading battery technology in the UK, including pioneering work to extend battery life.

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