Free Test Drive Event to Showcase Electric Vehicles

A test drive event to showcase electric vehicles (EVs) and an innovative new way of charging them aimed at people without off-street parking is taking place in Henley on Friday 20 August in Kings Road car park.

It is a free event for residents to learn more about EVs and the different options for making the switch.

The test drives form part of Oxfordshire’s £5.2 million park and charge project that has been awarded funding from Innovate UK as part of the government’s investment in British engineering to transform electric charging infrastructure. The project is being delivered by Oxfordshire County Council, with support from South Oxfordshire District Council, Zeta Specialist Lighting, Urban Integrated UK and the University of Oxford.

Event organisers are working alongside local dealerships Go Green Autos, North Oxford MINI and Jaybee Motors. To book a test drive, residents can visit parkandchargeoxfordshire.co.uk and fill out a quick form. A member of the park and charge team will confirm all bookings.

Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Nature Recovery, said: “The council is a partner in several innovative energy projects across the county, including the Oxfordshire energy strategy and local energy Oxfordshire project in addition to the park and charge scheme. This is just one of many ways we as a council are aiming to achieve our target of becoming a carbon neutral district by 2030.

“We are very pleased that we are able to use the council’s Kings Road car park in Henley to showcase the park and charge project and, if possible, we’d like people to walk or cycle to the event.”

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