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Published 2nd Mar 2011

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Drivers in Middlesbrough are being offered a unique chance to try out electric and ultra low emission vehicles.

Next week’s event will give people the perfect opportunity to find out more about the advantages, benefits and drawbacks of owning or leasing electric and ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV).

The showcase takes place at Nature’s World in Acklam on Wednesday, March 9, and is being laid on by Middlesbrough Council and Teesside University on behalf of the Green Business Network.

The event is part of the national Plugged in Places (PIP) Programme which aims to create the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicle adoption and growth, and explore different approaches to recharging EVs.

The North East was one of three locations selected as a pilot, with a comprehensive network of electric charging points being created across the region over the next three years. In Middlesbrough the Council is installing eight charging points across the town in the next two months. Four will be in public car parks, two in the Zetland and two in Captain Cook.

The aim is to raise awareness and consumer confidence in electric vehicles as a practical alternative to existing technology.

To find out more about the scheme, visit

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We live in uncertain economic times, with rising fuel prices affecting each and every one of us.

“We’re all looking for ways to reduce our outgoings and overheads, and switching to electric and low emission cars is certainly a way to do that.

“But it’s a big change and people are often wary of change.

“This is a great opportunity to take one of these vehicles for a test drive, as well as finding out about the day-to-day practicalities of running one, such as the cost of insurance and road tax and whether it’s better to lease or buy.”

Booking information

Attendance at the event is free but advance booking and a driving licence are essential for test drives. To book contact Debbie Ingoldsby at Middlesbrough Council on 01642 729132 or email her at will direct businesses searching for information on improving their environmental performance to the local organisations that can assist them. It also provides information ranging from setting up environmental management systems, reducing energy bills, managing resources efficiently and sourcing funding. The website is supported by Tees Valley Green Business Network.

Getting to the event

Cars will be parked between the visitor entrance and the Hydroponicum at Nature's World.

Nature's World location on Google Maps

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