By Julia Waterlow & Juliet Oxborrow of TTL

A huge thank-you to the 800 people who came along to the second Lewes Electric Car Show hosted by Transition Town Lewes and Ovesco Community Energy Company in September at Harvey’s rear yard.

The show featured 21 hybrid and fully-electric cars and their owners plus a range of electric motorbikes and mopeds.

Electric scooters

 

One of the big highlights of the day was being able to talk to real-life electric vehicle owners and EV experts on the realities of going electric. Here are five things we learned at the show:

    1. There are now more electric charging points in the UK than petrol stations
    2. The majority of people with an electric car either charge at work or at home and seldom need to use public charging points
    3. It is forecast that by 2024 at most electric cars will cost the same as petrol or diesel cars
    4. None of the owners at the Lewes electric car show had ever required rescue because of flat batteries
    5. Even using electricity from an oil-fired power station, electric cars use only two-thirds of the energy of a petrol car travelling the same distance (this takes into account making the fuel, getting the fuel to the car and moving the car around)

 

Electric car

 

Want to learn more?

We’ve put together a guide to electric cars – the types of car available, the driving experience, costs, tax and what grants available towards the cost of purchase. See the guide here…

We’ve also explored some myths about electric cars, thoughts about how technology could change our use of the personal car and whether car sharing could be part of the answer to congestion and pollution. Learn more here…

Transition Town Lewes warmly thanks Harvey’s Brewery and the Sussex EV Group for their help with and support for the Lewes Electric Car Show.