Test drive latest electric vehicles for free at unique family-friendly event this weekend

Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

Ever fancied test driving an electric vehicle, such as a BMW i3 or a Tesla? This weekend you can – for free.

Test Drive the Future is an opportunity for people to test drive an array of electric vehicles, including a BMW i3, Tesla, Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid, Kia Soul, Nissan Leaf and more.

You also have the opportunity to have a look around the latest cutting edge electric vehicles, including BMW’s i8 and Riversimple’s hydrogen-fuelled car – the only car of its kind in the UK.

The event is also an opportunity for people to listen to talks about developments in electric vehicle science and engineering, build a solar-powered model car in a competition that will be judged by Red Dwarf actor and electric vehicle enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, meet Artie the Robot, and more.

Test Drive the Future, which is kindly sponsored by BMW North Oxford and organised by Oxford City Council, will take place at Magdalen College School in Cowley Place between 11am and 4pm on Sunday (19 June).

The event is part of the City Council’s Low Carbon Oxford Week, which takes place between 11 and 19 June and sees pop-up events take place across Oxford to celebrate the city’s action to tackle climate change.

The event has been organised in partnership with Magdalen College School and also forms part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts which runs from 17 June to 2 July.

Oxford City Council is committed to tackling climate change and air pollution, including by using and encouraging the use of electric and hybrid vehicles.

The City Council has installed electric vehicle charging stations in its car parks, including outside the new Rose Hill Community Centre, has converted part of its fleet to electric vehicles, and has won government funding to trial new types of electric vehicle charging points in Oxford’s residential streets.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for A Clean and Green Oxford, said: “I looking forward to getting a turn to drive a modern electric car as part of Low Carbon Week. Electric cars have low running costs, cut carbon dioxide and reduce pollution. But there’s nothing like getting hands-on experience and sitting behind the wheel.

“Oxford City Council could do even more to promote electric cars if we did not have to persuade the County Council as the highways authority. The sooner Oxford becomes a local all-in unitary council the easier it will be to get our city plugged into electric vehicles.”

For more information on Test Drive the Future and Low Carbon Oxford Week, visit the Low Carbon Oxford Week website.