It was great to see a line up of EVs parked up in pit lane from 2011 to 2018 Nissan Leafs to Renault Zoes and a VW Golf GTE.
A special thanks to Mr Ralph Peake MHK, Matthew Bawden (Department of Infrastructure) & Richard Bujko (Manx Utilities) for attending and updating us all on the direction the Isle of Man Government is taking, the creation of an EV sub-committee and a 5-year plan. We look forward to hearing more in the near future.
The meeting was kept as informal as possible and we heard some good points raised and excellent questions asked which sparked (pun intended) some discussion. We hope that everyone who attended found it useful and informative.
Due to the success of this meet-up it was agreed that another should be arranged to take place shortly after Manx Grand Prix. For the next meeting we hope to have an update from our Isle of Man Government representatives on their progress and we would like to encourage more non-EV owners and the EV-curious to come along to ask questions and learn a little more about owning an Electric Vehicle on the Isle of Man. It would also be great to get a wider variety of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs) to come along.
Keep an eye on this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter regarding the next meet-up. We'll announce something as soon as we have the date and venue confirmed.
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Put the date in your diary - Monday 18th June at 7 p.m. Park your EV in the Pit Lane and come along and meet everyone in the Grandstand Press room.
It’s been a while since we had an EV Forum meet-up and since then a lot has changed. Many more EVs are now on Manx roads, more Charge Points have been provided, both public and private, and it feels like a ‘tipping point’ has been reached for the change over to electric transport.
The Manx government have now formed a sub-committee which will create a 5 year policy for all things EV. They will be represented at this meeting and will be interested in the views of current EV owners. We are all well aware of the downsides experienced by early adopters, but have you any ideas how things should be improved to encourage more EV ownership? If you have any specific topics that you would like to discuss then please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org We cannot promise to discuss every topic raised but we will do our best.
But mainly the forum is for you, the EV driver, and for anyone considering an EV purchase or lease, you are more than welcome to come along and chat to current owners.
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The next meeting of the EV Users' Forum for Electric cars, motorbikes, scooters and e-bicycles, are all welcome - as are those who don't have EVs but would like to participate to learn more, or share their previous experiences.
We've moved the venue again to make the meeting accessible in different parts of the Island, to suit different people, and also to let the public in those towns come along and view the cars, and listen in to discussions.
We'll be meeting at 10am, on Saturday 19th March 2016, at the Breagle Glen Cafe, Port Erin. We aim to gather at 10am, get everyone parked up and fueled with tea and cake, and kick off the meeting at 10.15am-ish.
This is an informal meeting to discuss EV ownership, charging infrastructure and just a chat. It's also a chance for anyone interested in Electric Vehicles here on the island to meet EV owners, get some advice and a look at people's vehicles.