Electric Carnival rolls out

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A new roadshow giving residents the opportunity to find out more about electric vehicles and available charging points will roll out in Aberdeenshire later this month.

The Electric Carnival will showcase a range of electric vehicles including high-end models such as Audi’s e-Tron and BMW’s i-8, along with the UK’s most popular model, the Nissan Leaf.

It will roll into the main car parks of towns across Aberdeenshire between 10am and 3pm on dates throughout September and into October:

Locally, it will be at Peterhead’s Drummer’s Corner on Sunday, September 13.

Speaking ahead of the events, chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr David Aitchison, said: “This is a really exciting time for sustainable transport.

“As well as realising that walking and cycling for short journeys, car sharing, and using public transport for their daily commutes can be very enjoyable, people are beginning to recognise the advantages of low-emission vehicles.

“Aberdeenshire Council is already supporting this emerging technology by working in partnership with Transport Scotland to provide a charging network for plug-in cars.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Stephen Smith, added: “By the end of autumn 2015, there will be a charging point in 11 of our key towns and the council’s fleet is already using a number of electric vans.

“The Electric Carnival will give residents an opportunity to find out more about electric cars in a fun and family-friendly environment so please do come along when it rolls into a town near you.”

As well as paying a visit to Peterhead, the roadshow will also be at Fraserburgh’s Saltoun Square on Sunday, September 20, Market Square, Inverurie, on Sunday, September 6, Arnhall Business Park, Westhill, on Friday, September 18, The Square, Huntly, on September 27 and Market Square, Ellon, on October 4.

*Monthly figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that electric car sales in the UK have risen dramatically over the past 12 months.

While only around 500 electric cars were registered per month at the start of 2014, this number has now risen to an average of around 2,400 per month in 2015.