It was a long hard day trying out lots and lot of electric vehicles at Chirk Castle. (drop the ‘hard bit’) Thanks to Steve Harland of the National Trust Procurement team we had over 24 manufacturers and wall to wall electric vehicles. He has been working with Lex Auto leasing and SHB hire and they have done us proud in bringing together such a divers collection of electric vehicles together for the National Trust team to evaluate… and there was a lot to evaluate! …..”Can this carry a tonne? Ground clearance for our track is a bit tight” Does it come in pink?” (ok, not pink) and variations on ‘how much, how far, how long?” Kevin from the charity ZeroCarbonWorld was also on hand to help with questions around the charging points.
The EV market is moving and at pace. Expanding and also offering more choice. It was interesting to see VW’s take on EV which was to sort of offer it as an extra on a standard car. Where as BMW had gone down the slightly more bespoke route (ps both were excellent cars). Not sure there has been such a concentration of EV’s like this in Wales before but with the back-cloth of Chirk Castle it was a special day. (ps Chirk is also crammed full of energy efficiency and renewables as well). Looking forward to when we move as an organisation to this sort of vehicle becoming the norm and not the extra.