There is no turning back in the progress of electric cars in the island.
That’s the view of the organisers of the island’s first electric vehicles (EV) exhibition.
Steve Wicks said: ’There are a lot of negative myths surrounding electric vehicles from people who do not like change.
’The fact is that there will be no turning back on this and the motor industry is gearing up to produce more and more electric vehicles in the years ahead.’
Mr Wicks, of marketing and business development company, 572, says he hopes drivers who are sceptical of the move towards electric might be persuaded to change their minds at the event at the indoor exhibition hall at Mountain View Inovation Centre in Ramsey, on Sunday (May 30) between 10am and 4pm.
Mr Wicks said the march towards electric vehicles is progressing fast with the manufacturers.
He said one of the biggest worries that people have is over the range that people can drive an electric car.
He said things have evolved to the point where electric vehicle drivers from the Isle of Man can now drive all the way to Cornwall with only one 20-minute stop to charge up.
Mr Wicks has liaised with electric vehicle enthusiasts Sharon and Simon Griffin to organise the event. The latest EVs from major manufacturers will be showcased along with e-vans, e-bikes, e-servicing and an array of home charging and home renewable energy products - all from island-based companies.
Short test drives will be available through the day and visitors can meet and chat to local EV owners about their experience of switching to electric.
Mr Wicks said: ’We hope to allay some of the fears people have about the switch to electric.’
It is being supported by the Domestic Event Fund, organised and run by Business Isle of Man, an executive agency for the Department for Enterprise, and sponsored by Jacksons and Motor Mall.