On Monday (4th November) Bishop Auckland showcased a drive towards alternative ways to travel, when the Electric Vehicle Roadshow came to town.
Day 1 saw the launch leg of the EV Roadshow kick-off in the North East, here in Bishop Auckland. The roadshow continues throughout the week and on Day 2 it will be in the North West and the City of Liverpool. Day 3 the roadshow returns to the heart of the UK motor industry, Coventry. Then to end the week it arrives in London.
Electric bikes and cars were on display and ready to ride in Bishop Auckland Market Place, and people took up the chance to give greener transport a go.
There was a selection of ultra-low emission vehicles from the dealerships including BMW, Tesla, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Smart, Toyota, Renault, Nissan, Lexus, Kia, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Hyundai.
There was also the opportunity to experience the vehicles that will soon become an everyday sighting on the roads across the region.
Gary and Fiona from Inspiral Cycles (above) were on hand to talk to the public about their love of e-bikes and what they have done for their customers. There were some new e-bikes from Raleigh and Haibike which were available for a test ride.
For more information on the electric roadshow visit http://evroadshow.co.uk/bishop-auckland
Future plans to create more charging points across County Durham were also discussed in the Auckland Tower by Durham County Council, who have successfully applied for and have been awarded £250,000 funding from Innovate UK to launch the Scaling On Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) project.
The roadshow marked the national launch of the Green Great Britain Week and was a partnership between Durham County Council, Innovate UK, The Auckland Project, the SOSCI project and UK Government Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.