This coming weekend sees the exciting new electric vehicle (EV) event of the year taking place at the Blenheim Palace. EV LIVE will take place over the weekend of May 7/8 at the World Heritage Site and is a new event for those interested in electric vehicles providing both insights and driver experiences.
What makes EV LIVE truly unique is that visitors will be able to get behind the wheel and test drive their favourite electric cars in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside around Blenheim Palace. And what a list of cars there will be on display and available to test drive.
Tickets for the event can be booked here.
Whether you want to test out an electric vehicle for the first time, or you’re looking at options to try before you buy, they’ll be a range of new and second-hand electric models for you to take out on a free test drive.
BMW and MINI
William Morgan Group is the authorised retailer of BMW and MINI within Oxfordshire. They will be showcasing the latest electric models from BMW and MINI at EV LIVE, complete with BMW’s state-of-the-art eDrive technology and sublime interior touches.
The UK’s best-selling vehicle brand will be attending EV Live with their Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric car that was launched last year. This electric crossover sports utility vehicle is already a Guinness World Record holder after demonstrating its ultra-efficiency between John O’Groats and Land’s End. It took the award for the lowest energy consumption in an electric car.
Eden (Vauxhall, Hyundai, Mazda, Peugeot, MG, Fiat and Suzuki)
The multi-franchise motor group offering electric and hybrid vehicles from Vauxhall, Hyundai, Mazda, Peugeot, MG, Fiat and Suzuki. Their Oxford showroom is based in Langford Lane, Kidlington where they welcome customers to test drive new electric vehicles and offer electric vehicle servicing and aftercare.
Hyundai will be at the event and bringing their Hyundai Kona Electric sports utility vehicle. This is a great value sports utility ideal for family duties. They will also have their IONIQ 5 electric crossover which remains one of our favourite cars that we test drove in 2021.
Toyota kicked off the hybrid revolution with the release of the Prius in 1997. Since then, Inchcape have worked closely with Toyota GB to become one of the leading distributors of electrified vehicles in the UK. They offer an extensive range of hybrid vehicles including the Prius Plug-in hybrid, RAV4 Plug-in hybrid and the much anticipated BZ4X fully-electric crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) as well as a selection of electric Proace vans.
Nissan will be at the event and have the latest version of their iconic Nissan LEAF. There’s a reason the Sunderland plant has made over a half million units of the world’s first mass-produced electric car. It’s a great value family hatchback that looks stylish yet remains practical. It was also named the most reliable car in the UK in 2020. Nissan will also have its all-new ARIYA ahead of its full launch this summer.
While they’re not a car brand, TiSTO, offers environmentally friendly, intelligent, high-performance electric motorcycles and scooters, will be on hand with a different form of emobility. Their range includes the Berlin, perfect for young motorcyclists to learn to ride on and for delivery drivers who want a powerful, cheap-to-run workhorse and the Sunshine, ideal for everyday commuting.
Waylands: Kia, MG and Volvo
Waylands are an independent, family-owned car retailer that will be representing Kia, MG and Volvo. They’re an ‘EVA Approved’ dealer, offering a wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars from the MG ZS EV to Kia EV6 and the brand new Volvo C40. All of their specialists are fully trained with electric vehicle knowledge and their sales sites come complete with charging infrastructure.
Test drives can be booked here.
ALTERNATIVES TO NEW CARS
Go Green Autos
Go Green Autos specialise in used electric cars and vans. They’re based in Oxfordshire but deliver vehicles all over the UK. They don’t have a flashy showroom or even put the vehicles on public display. Instead, they use YouTube and produce a detailed video of every vehicle, which explains everything a potential customer needs to know. They will be at the event offering people the more affordable secondhand options and providing advice on used car purchases.
Electric Zoo is helping drivers make the switch to electric without breaking the bank. They offer an all-inclusive monthly subscription service that includes the electric car, insurance and maintenance, leaving you to simply charge up and drive. The Electric Zoo team are electric vehicle experts and will be on hand to offer friendly advice if you’re looking to go electric.
LeasePlan offers an affordable alternative to purchasing an electric car by providing smart, cost-effective solutions for fleet management and business and personal leasing. They offer a wide range of electric vehicles at competitive prices and will be hand to provide all the information you need to transition to zero-emissions driving without the huge outlay of outright purchasing.
The RAC will be bringing their team of electric experts down to talk people through the full journey to electric and the help they can offer. They help with everything from home charging and insurance to business leasing and electric vehicle-specific breakdown cover. They’re also offering free breakdown assistance for all guests at EV LIVE if they have any issues while on Blenheim grounds.
EVIE Chargers will also be on hand showcasing their charging solutions for homes and businesses and offering a £100 discount on their service (home charging unit plus installation) if people register with them on the day.
If you’re looking to find out more about what it’s like to own and drive an electric vehicle you’ll even be able to hear a more personal perspective from local drivers who have made the switch to an EV.
Oxford Brookes Racing Team will also be at the event with their electric racing car for all to view and ask questions about.
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