Pollution benefits of electric vehicles in the spotlight

By Bryan Lipscombe | July 16 2018

Pollution benefits of electric vehicles in the spotlight

Blog Category: General updateBlog Tags: Biodiversity, Education and Energy

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    Wirral marked Clean Air Day with an event to showcase electric vehicles and sustainable transport. Participants gathered at Birkenhead Town Hall to hear presentations that highlighted the practicalities and benefits of making a shift to electric vehicles. A range of e-vehicles were also on show in Hamilton Square alongside displays from local projects and business involved in e-vehicles and sustainable travel.

    Tom Kelly, Chair of Wirral Chamber’s Energy and Environment Forum, from Inteb MS, welcomed delegates to the event. The scene was set with a video presentation from Well Lane Primary where pupils are involved in measuring pollution levels. There followed several speakers from local businesses detailing the benefits of electric vehicles and opportunities to acquire them. An innovative range extender generator was introduced by a local entrepreneur Jonathan Quinn. The Sustainability Officer from Merseyside Police shared the force’s practical experience of adopting electric despatch vans. Wirral Council’s Transportation Planning Officer gave an overview of support available for e-vehicles and sustainable transport.

    A variety of electric vehicles from Wirral Council, Merseyside Police and Heswall-based Symphony EV-ZE were on display in Hamilton Square. Birkenhead-based Vehicle Charging Solutions highlighted their services and demonstrated a vehicle charging point. Moreton-based Mole Group displayed the Smart Flower solar array. Wirral Council’s Environmental Health and Road Safety teams were also on hand, along with the cycling support project Bike & Boots.

    The event was organised by Wirral Council and Birkenhead BID with support from several local businesses involved in the provision of e-vehicles and e-vehicle charging points. It was one of a number of local activities to mark Clean Air Day 2018. Clean Air Day is a nationwide initiative designed to help raise awareness about air pollution and the practical steps we can take to improve air quality.

    Cool, Wirral’s climate change strategy, includes objectives to encourage the uptake of electric and alternative-fuelled vehicles as a means to combat climate pollution.

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Bryan Lipscombe

Interested in sustainability and communication. Volunteer with Sticky Exhibits