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Electric Vehicle owners can attend Grampian Transport Museum's EV Expo

By Kyle Ritchie

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The EV Expo will make a welcome return to Grampian Transport Museum in Alford on Sunday, August 1.

All electric vehicle owners and retailers are invited to attend and participate free of charge.

Curator Mike Ward has good reason to be delighted that the event is back on the museum’s calendar.

Grampian Transport Museum is holding its EV Expo on Sunday, August 1.
Grampian Transport Museum is holding its EV Expo on Sunday, August 1.

He said: “We are gradually opening up all the museum’s activities, taking maximum care to ensure everybody’s safety from Covid-19.

"We are especially delighted to be able hold our 2021 Electric Vehicle Expo at the home of the Robert Davidson exhibition, the Aberdeen Chemist who is historically recorded to have begun the whole electrically powered transport revolution in his Canal Street workshop in 1839.

“From those humble beginnings, right on our doorstep, today’s global motor industry is making very rapid progress as we move towards a future without the internal combustion engine.

"The world of electric cars and batteries is changing rapidly and our 2021 EV Expo event is an opportunity for EV owners to bring their vehicles together and to enable visitors to chat to them about real life with an electric car.

"It is also an opportunity for retailers to show off their latest electric vehicles to existing and potential EV owners in a safe outdoor environment.

"We expect to have cars representing a range of different manufacturers and some electric vans too.”

One of the north-east’s best known EV enthusiasts is Chris Ramsay, who successfully completed the 10,000 mile Mongolian Rally in his early Nissan Leaf which is on display in the museum.

Mr Ramsay, now a well-known social media influencer for EVs, will be at the expo to share his experiences, discuss progress and talk about his upcoming Pole to Pole EV adventure ahead of COP 26 in Glasgow in November.

Mr Ward added: “It is not only cars which are rapidly progressing with renewable electric power, electric bikes are also very popular now, so we will also have e-bikes at this year’s EV expo, for museum visitors to see and try.

"We keenly anticipate that EV Expo at GTM will be a very interesting day.

“If you would like to bring your electric car to EV Expo at GTM go to www.gtm.org.uk where you will find all the details. There is no charge and you will be made very welcome.”

The expo is free to all museum visitors, who will also be able to see the museum’s It’s Electric display, explaining the history of electrically driven vehicles since 1839, and Probing the Future which looks at the motoring of tomorrow with electric and autonomous cars, an era which is fast approaching.

To attend book a museum visit online at www.gtm.org.uk

The museum is open seven days between 10am and 5pm.

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